JK mulls to cover Law and Order victims under SRO-43

‘Proposal Submitted To Chief Secretary Headed Establishment Committee For Approval’


Srinagar, July 27: Jammu and Kashmir Government is contemplating to amend SRO-43, a government order that guarantees compassionate employment to militancy victims in the State, to extend the benefits to the victims of law and order strife.
Sources said a proposal by the General Administration Department (GAD) in this regard has been submitted to the Establishment Committee headed by the Chief Secretary for approval. As per the proposal, sources said, the next of the kin of the victim of law and order situation would get cash compensation of four lakh rupees. However the compassionate employment would be provided only in “deserving” cases.
Sources said though it was still unclear how the proposal, which was still at its infancy stage, would be implemented, a condition however makes it clear that a victim should be a “civilian” and each case would be scrutinized on individual basis. Sources said the Government started working on the proposal after the killing of man and father of three minor daughters Altaf Ahmad Wani in CRPF firing in Eidgah in March this year and many other such incidents. Wani was a staunch National Conference loyalist.
Sources said the Government was of the view that in law and order strife including incidents of stone pelting by youth and teenagers, the victims in many cases, though involved in the situation, had no militancy background.
“But such cases would get rejected due to non-clearance from police and other agencies. Now, under the new proposal, if a person gets killed during law and order situation including stone pelting incidents the family will be given SRO benefits, provided the victim has no militancy background.” Since 1989, following the eruption of militancy, scores of persons including youth and children have got killed in law and order strife.
In 1991, the establishment under the Governor issued SRO-283, which was amended to SRO-43 in 1994, that provided employment to one person of a family which has lost a member in militancy related incidents. The condition set by the Government for providing compassionate employment under Jammu and Kashmir (Compassionate Appointment Rules, 1994) was that the killed person should neither be a militant nor involved in anti-state activities.
The SRO benefits were being provided to the family of a Government employee/civilian who dies in militancy related incident and was not involved in militancy/anti-state activity and Government employee who dies in harness other than due to militancy related action.
Sources said under the SRO there was a clause that the benefits could be given only to the next of kin of victims of the militancy related incidents whose monthly income was Rs 5000.
“Now the monthly income ceiling has been increased to Rs 10000 under the proposal,” sources said.
The Government was also considering extend time limit from present one year to two years for families to apply for the compassionate employment and the time period for acquiring the eligibility needed for the job would also be increased from the present one year to two years.
“It will be implemented in both the militancy and law and order related cases,” sources said.
They said scores of the cases regarding compassionate employment had got rejected in the past since the next of the kin of the victim of the militancy related incident could not fulfill the requisite criterion fixed for age and qualification in one year only under the rules.
Sources said under the SRO, the next of the kin, by the definition as per set rules, would not include parents but siblings only and only the latter would be entitled to cash compensation. But the parents equally suffer and in most case they were found to be worst sufferers, sources said.
“The proposal recommends doing away with the clause so that parents could also become entitled to receive cash compensation,” sources said.
Sources said as per rules in vogue the Government would provide compassionate job of non-gazetted category at higher level. “But now lowest non-gazetted jobs would be given to victims’ families,” sources said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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