The state government of Haryana has announced that it would be enhancing the ex-gratia grant being given to the family members of the police personnel who die in the line of duty from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 30 lakh.
The announcement was made by the state’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, while speaking at Haryana’s biggest ever passing out parade to induct 4225 constables of 84th batch of Recruit Basic Course in the police force after 10 months intensive training at Madhuban in Karnal.
• Out of the total grant amount, Rs 20 lakh would be given to the dependent of the deceased and Rs 5 lakh each to the parents.
• In case both father and mother are not alive, the entire grant money would be given to the dependent.
• Besides, the state will provide financial assistance worth Rs 15 lakh to terminally injured police personnel, Rs 10 lakh to severely injured policemen and Rs five lakh to those suffering from minor injuries.
• The Haryana Police has signed an agreement with the HDFC Bank to provide the ex-gratia amount.
• According to the agreement, Rs 2 lakh will be paid to a policeman’s family in case of a natural death and Rs 30 lakh in case of an accidental death.
Now, a widow or dependent of a policeman who dies fighting anti-social elements or while saving public life and property during natural calamities will be given Rs 20 lakh.
The mother and the father of the policeman will be given Rs five lakh each.
In case the parents are not alive, then their share will be given to the widow or dependents of the deceased.
Ex gratia is something that is done voluntarily, out of kindness or grace.
In law, an ex gratia payment is a payment made without the giver recognising any liability or legal obligation.
• In September 2017, the Haryana Government had decided to revise the ex-gratia assistance paid to the families of deceased Government employees who died between August 1, 2006 and December 31, 2015.
• The state’s Chief Minister, Manohar Lal had announced then that such families would now get ex-gratia pay/financial assistance as per the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations.
• Till then, the bereaved families were getting a sum equal to the pay and other allowances last drawn by the deceased employees, as financial assistance/ex-gratia pay as per recommendations of the 6th CPC.
• Prior to this, the state government had given the benefits of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission to the employees of government, Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils, Municipal Committees and Town and City Improvement Boards, Corporations pensioners, with effect from January 1, 2016.
• The state government is also considering providing job to the dependents of deceased employees under its ex-gratia policy.
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