Rajnath announces Rs.1 cr aid to kin of martyred paramilitary jawans

Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh (PHOTO: Facebook)

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday announced that the family of each paramilitary jawan who dies in action will be given a compensation of Rs.1 crore each.

"I have ensured that families of CAPF soldiers killed in action get at least Rs. 1 Crore compensation," Rajnath said after visiting the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) post at Nathu La.

"It is our duty to know about the problems of jawans, that is why we have launched MHA mobile application," he added.

He also declared that 34,000 posts of paramilitary constables were upgraded as head constables.

Addressing a 'Sainik Sammelan' of the ITBP)Force at the Sherathang border outpost, the home minister said the nation appreciates and is proud of the sacrifice of its paramilitary jawans.

“The sacrifice of our jawans cannot be compensated with money. But the families of martyrs should not face any difficulty,” he said.

The announcement came nearly a month after the killing of 25 CRPF jawans by Naxals at Sukma in Chhattisgarh.

The home minister also promised to look into the demand of the ITBP to bring uniformity in high altitude allowances.

In an effort to strengthen the coordination between the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the five states along the Indo-China border, Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of the chief ministers of the states–Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday in Gangtok.

(With inputs from agencies)