Permanent compensation fund for policemen killed on duty

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Patna, Feb 06 (UNI) The state government has announced to create a permanent compensation fund for policemen killed on duty.

Official sources here today said that the government was all set to increase the compensation amount to Rs 10 lakhs by creating a permanent compensation fund for the men in uniform.

Earlier, an ex-gratia of Rs five lakhs was given by the state government to the deceased family. A permanent fund has now been created to financially support the next of kith of the police personnels killed while on duty, sources added.

Sources maintained that in the absence of such funds, several families, who had been promissed an ex-gratia, had never recieved the amount. To avoid such things in the future, the government has created the fund.

The sources further added that the chief minister had already instructed the finance department to come up with the proposal in the next scheduled cabinet meeting adding the need to create such fund was felt after the widow of a policeman met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his weekly 'Janata darbar' at his official residence and complained that she is yet to recieve the ex-gratia, the gratuity payment and the promised job to the next of kin on compensation ground. Her husband was killed in an encounter with the criminals near Ahmadabad in Katihar district last year.

After listening to the widow, Mr Kumar immediately called principal Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah to enquire into the delay in payment. When he was informed that there was a shortage of funds, he instructed the finance department to draft a proposal for a permanent compensation fund for policemen killed on duty.

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