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J&K govt approves up to compensation for riot victims

PTI  Srinagar, September 05, 2013
First Published: 13:02 IST(5/9/2013) | Last Updated: 18:53 IST(6/9/2013)

Jammu and Kashmir government has approved ex-gratia of up to Rs. 5 lakh for victims of riots and other "extra-ordinary" law and order disturbances for damage or destruction to immovable property.

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The decision was taken last night in a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Omar Abdullah at civil secretariat here, an official spokesman said.

"The Cabinet, in supersession of any previous order, approved ex-gratia to the victims of riots and other extra- ordinary law and order disturbances in respect of destruction and damage to immovable property.

"The amount of relief to be granted for destruction and damage to the immovable property shall be equal to 50 per cent of the actual loss or up to Rs. 5 lakh, whichever is lesser," the spokesman said.

He, however, did not elaborate on what would constitute extra-ordinary law and order disturbance.

The spokesman said the policy would be applicable retrospectively from April 1 this year, but not to the settled cases.

He said the assessment of the loss due to destruction or damage would be made by the Tehsildar of the area and it would be verified by the Assistant Commissioner, Revenue.

The relief would be sanctioned by the Deputy Commissioner of the district concerned on the recommendations of a district level screening-cum-coordination committee, he said.

The committee would comprise District Magistrate as chairman, Superintendent of district, Additional Deputy Commissioner, ACR, Tehsildar of district, besides the Tehsildar assessing the loss, as its members and any other member co-opted by the Chairman, he said.


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