148 persons lost lives in 476 militancy incidents
18 January 2008
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU : A total 148 innocent persons were killed in 476 incidents related to militancy from January Ist to December 31, 2007 in the Jammu and Kashmir State. Minister incharge CAPD, Taj Mohi-ud-Din while responding to a question of Nizam-ud-Din Bhat in the Legislative Council on behalf of Chief Minister told the House that out of the 64 death cases reported in Jammu division, ex-gratia relief of Rs 16 lakh at the rate of Rs one lakh each, was provided to next of kin of the 16 deceased persons. Out of the 59 injured cases, relief worth Rs 36,000 has been paid in case of 12 persons. Five cases of property damage were pending with the concerned Deputy Commissioners, he added. In Kashmir division, a total 83 persons lost life in militancy last year. Ex-gratia relief of Rs 39 lakh was paid to 39 families of the victims. Out of the 100 injured civilians, Rs 3.32 lakh has been paid to 36 victims. In 96 cases of property damage, Rs 18.12 lakh has been paid in 45 cases so far. In reply to another question, he said pending cases were awaiting verification- scrutiny at various levels. NC member Sakina Itoo raised the question regarding delay being caused in clearance of SRO-43 cases and sought the time frame for it while Murtaza Khan asked about any policy framed for providing compassionate jobs to the family members of the victims. The members were however, not satisfied with the ministerís response. While replying to yet another question of P Namgyal regarding alleged shabby treatment being given to Hony Capt ( Retd) PVC Bana Singh by J&K Govt, the Minister claimed that allegation raised in a report of The Tribune in Dec 2nd, 2007 issue related to shabby treatment was not correct. He said Government paid Rs 1.23 lakh to him besides other benefits as per rules. Responding to another question regarding a meager amount of Rs 166 per month as honorarium given to Capt Bana Singh, the minister admitted on the floor of the House that it was insufficient as compared to Punjab and Harayana who were providing Rs 12,500. The case for enhancement of amount of award and annuity to gallantry award winners was under active consideration of the State. A Cabinet Committee has been framed in this regard and the Government would consider its recommendations to bring annuity- honorarium of J&K gallantry awardees at par with Himachal and Punjab.