Haryana government has decided to decentralise the power of scrutiny of martyrdom cases and fast-pace release of payment to the next of kin of martyrs of defence and central para-military forces.

An official spokesperson said taking cognizance of some complaints that significant time was taken in releasing the ex-gratia to the next of kin of martyrs, it had been decided to decentralise the power of scrutiny of martyrdom cases to avoid any delay on account of the shuttling of cases between the head office and districts.

Now, all documents would be scrutinised as per the standard check list issued by the head office at the district level by the District Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare Office. The District Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare (DSASW) Officer would put up fully documented case to the deputy commissioner (DC) for payment, he added.

The spokesperson said that the payment sanction letter would be signed by the (DSASW) Officer and one copy would be forwarded to the headquarters for seeking release of payment from the budget. The head office would make online transfer of the sanctioned amount of ex-gratia to the office concerned.

On receipt of the payment sanction letter sent by the district office at head office, the case would be put up to the Director, Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare Department, for release of amount from the budget. The amount would then be released online to the district concerned, he said.

These instructions would be followed strictly and the entire record, including the documents related to the martyrdom and payment of ex-gratia amount, would be kept safe in the offices of DSASW Officers.

The district officers would also be asked to upload these documents on the online MIS for safety and record. Besides, instructions issued and amendments issued from time to time would also be referred to, before processing the case, the spokesperson added.