Ex-gratia relief extended to members of DDCs

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Assistance of Rs. 25 lakh to be provided for death in terrorism-related incidents

STATE TIMES NEWS

SRINAGAR: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here on Sunday under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the extension of ex-gratia relief of Rs. 25 lakhs to all Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen, and members of District Development Councils of Jammu and Kashmir in case of death due to a militancy-related incident. Earlier, the Government has provided similar relief for all elected BDC Chairmen, Sarpanches, Panches and all elected members of Municipal Bodies of Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision aims at strengthening the grass roots democracy by providing a sense of security to the elected members of local bodies facing threat from anti-state elements.
The ex-gratia relief will act as a guarantee for the subsistence of the family members of the elected representatives who are killed in militancy-related incidents.