The government has increased to Rs 50,000 the compensation for loss of each milch animal due to cross-border firing by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said.
The Union Home Ministry said the compensation of Rs 30,000 for loss of each milch animal was quite inadequate compared to their actual value. And, in view of the life-threatening situation faced by the people living in the border area, the government of India has increased the compensation amount to Rs 50,000 per milch animal, the ministry said in a statement.
Over 1,200 ceasefire violations by Pakistan have taken place since January this year, according to government sources. Border areas of Jammu and Kashmir are facing losses of livestock, crops, houses etc. due to cross-border firing from across the border.
The Union government had announced expenditure for relief camps and compensation for losses of houses, crops and livestock at rates fixed in December 2017 by the national Disaster Relief Fund for the victims of cross-border firing. These claims will initially be paid to the victims by the Jammu and Kashmir government after evaluating the actual loss.
The amount will then be reimbursed by the home ministry under security related expenditure (relief and rehabilitation) scheme. Orders in this regard have been issued to Jammu and Kashmir government on June 1, 2018, the statement said.
(With PTI inputs)