Chandigarh, Aug 3 (IANS) The Haryana government on Wednesday announced that it has increased ex-gratia grant given to the family members of Armed Forces personnel who die in the line of duty.
“The revised rate of ex-gratia for battle casualties which occurred on or after March 24,2016, has been enhanced from Rs 20,00,000 to Rs 50,00,000. It is in case of death in war or IED Blast and action against militants or terrorist or border skirmishes,” a spokesman of the Haryana government said.
The benefit will include martyrs from the Army, Navy and Air Force belonging to Haryana.
“In case of death declared as battle casualty by the defence authorities, irrespective of any operation or any specified area of operation, defence forces personnel posted in United Nation Peace Keeping Force and accidents like air crash, motor transport accident, accident at sea, heart attack and loss of life during natural calamities, the rate of ex-gratia has been enhanced from Rs 20,00,000 to Rs 50,00,000,” the spokesman said.
He said the enhanced amount of ex-gratia is applicable to only those personnel who were residents of Haryana at the time of joining or entering the service and were martyred on or after March 24 this year.
“Previous cases would not be reopened. The ex-gratia grant can be claimed within three years of casualty. The ex-gratia amount would be paid from the Haryana Chief Minister’s War Heroes Relief Fund,” he added.