'Compensation higher for Kargil martyrs'
The government today said there was a large difference in the compensation package for the martyrs and those wounded in the 1999 Kargil War and those in other military operations.india Updated: Oct 22, 2008 16:44 IST
The government on Wednesday said there was a large difference in the compensation package for the martyrs and those wounded in the 1999 Kargil War and those in other military operations.
As per the data released by Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju in Parliament, Kargil martyrs and those wounded in Operation Vijay received Rs 11.5 lakh more than those in other military operations.
"Compensation package for martyrs and wounded (soldiers) after the Kargil operations (Operation Vijay) were evolved shortly after the event and specifically for the particular operation, as it was one major war-like event," Raju said, replying to a specific question from Rajya Sabha members.
"The existing package at that time being without covering other aspects listed above, required enhancement," he said, pointing out that Kargil martyrs received Rs 19 lakh in all, while those who laid down their lives in other operations received Rs 7.5 lakh as compensation.
Kargil martyrs' families, the minister said, were paid an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh, provided a dwelling unit worth Rs 5 lakh, parental assistance of Rs 2 lakh and children education fund of Rs 2 lakh.
Martyrs from other operations got only an ex-gratia of Rs 7.5 lakh, payable to next of kin, he added.
Those soldiers who suffered wounds causing disability during the Kargil war received an ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 6 lakh, a dwelling unit worth Rs 2 lakh and children's education help of Rs 2 lakh, those disabled in other operations were paid no compensation at all.
India had lost over 500 of its men and officers in the Kargil battle with Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999, after it came to light that Pakistani regulars had occupied heights on the peaks in the sector.
The army had launched an offensive to capture back the peaks occupied by the Pakistani Army and was successful in throwing them back.
India also won diplomatic battles against Pakistan with the international community slamming the latter for its "adventurism."
The Kargil War happened just a couple of months after then Prime Minister A B Vajpayee had adopted his "bus diplomacy" to visit Lahore and sign agreements for confidence building measures with his then Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.