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Govt to pay Rs. 5,000 monthly aid to acid-attack victims

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 09, 2014
First Published: 21:31 IST(9/8/2014) | Last Updated: 21:35 IST(9/8/2014)

The Haryana government will pay Rs. 5,000 per month as financial assistance to acid-attack victims. This was submitted by the state government before the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by the Poor Patients Relief Society seeking solace for acid-attack victims.

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The government informed the high court that a committee headed by the chief secretary has approved the decision to grant Rs. 5,000 per month as financial assistance to acid-attack victims. An affidavit filed through home secretary Ramesh Krishan submitted that now the decision has to be further approved by the planning and finance departments and thereafter requisite notification shall be issued by the Haryana government by incorporating this provision also in the existing scheme.

The high court has now granted three months to the Punjab government and UT administration to amend their policies to bring those in conformity with the policy of the Haryana government, as amended up to date.

With this major amendment, now the Haryana government's scheme for assistance to acid-attack victims shall provide for compensation for acid attack involving defacement, loss of limb, or part of body and plastic surgery (Rs 3 lacs); and compensation for acid attack not involving defacement, loss of limb, or part of body and plastic surgery (Rs 50,000); and compensation of `5 lakh in case of death of the acid-attack victim.

Not just this, the government has already assured free of cost 100% medical treatment from among any of the government hospitals/government-approved hospitals, as per the notification already issued on January 16.

Besides, as per an earlier affidavit dated April 22, filed by the state government, acid-attack victims shall get preference in the allotment of fair price shops.

The PIL shall now be listed for further hearing on November 29, 2014.

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