Centre to reimburse Jammu and Kashmir govt for compensation to victims of cross-border firing
Funds spent by the Jammu and Kashmir government in paying compensation to victims of cross-border firing will be reimbursed by the Centre, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Monday.
New Delhi: Funds spent by the Jammu and Kashmir government in paying compensation to victims of cross-border firing will be reimbursed by the Centre, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Monday.
The minister said the Jammu and Kashmir government should expedite the mechanism and seek prompt reimbursement of funds from the Centre.
This would prevent delays and address concerns of the state government "about non-payment or inadequate payment of compensation to border victims", the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.
He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for being extremely sensitive in promptly responding to the demands from the border areas.
According to a home ministry order, the funds paid as compensation by the Jammu and Kashmir government will be reimbursed by the Centre for security related expenditure (SRE).
The Jammu and Kashmir government may consider paying "relief and compensation for housing damages/losses, crop or livestock losses, relief for stay at relief camps, displacement, etc." to those affected by cross-border firing at rates equal to NDRF recommendations fixed from time to time, the order read.
Item-wise claims and compensations paid by the state government to victims of cross-border firing may be submitted along with details, from time to time, to seek timely reimbursement from the Centre, it read.
Her remarks came amidst growing criticism of the Congress and Digvijaya Singh over his purported comments that his party will have a 'relook' at Article 370 if it returns to power
Officials said the fire started around 4.15 pm due to a short circuit and was completely controlled by 5 pm
At least three others, including a policeman, were injured in the attack. Security forces have cordoned off the area and further details are awaited, officials said.