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J&K admin okays hike in ex gratia to kin of slain CAPF personnel

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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday approved enhancement of ex gratia to the kin of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty, a spokesperson said.

The decision was taken by the Administrative Council, which met under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Manoj Sinha here, an official press release informed. Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the LG, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, and Principal Secretary to the LG attended the meeting.

Advisor to the LG Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta and Principal Secretary to the LG Dr Mandeep Kumar Bhandari were present at the meeting.

It said according to the decision, CAPF personnel from Jammu and Kashmir who lost their lives in the line of duty, within or outside the territorial jurisdiction of Jammu and Kashmir, will receive ex gratia relief equivalent to that provided to the “martyred” defence personnel.

“The decision demonstrates the Union Territory administration’s commitment to supporting the next of kin of security force personnel who make the supreme sacrifice in service to the nation,” the spokesperson said.

“The next of kin of martyred CAPF personnel will now receive Rs 25 lakh as ex gratia, a substantial increase from the earlier Rs 5 lakh,” he added.

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