Haryana government has decided to change the criteria for ex-gratia payment to the next of kin of martyr or casualty of armed forces personnel, who died in harness in the performance of their bonafide official duties while serving in operational areas, war, terrorist or militant attacks or border skirmishes, and United Nation Peace Keeping Force.
An official spokesperson said that now 70 per cent of the grant including 35 per cent would be given to widow and 35 per cent to be equally divided among all unmarried children.
Similarly, the 30 per cent grant would be given to the parents,15 per cent each.
He said that it has been further clarified that in case either of the parents is alive, the 30 per cent of the ex-gratia amount is to be released to the living parent. In a case wherein both parents are dead, the whole amount of will be released to the widow and children.
In cases where the deceased is unmarried, 100 per cent grant will be released to the parents.
In case both parents are dead, and the deceased survives with no unmarried children, the respective share would go to his widow.
In case the deceased did not have any children then the share of children would be equally distributed between the widow and the parents of the martyr.
All ex-gratia payments would be made through RTGS in Aadhaar linked bank accounts of the beneficiaries, he further added.