A fierce exchange of fire broke out last night in the forest area of Kalakote in the Rajouri district of Jammu.
On the eve of the Republic Day, the Administrative Council (AC) which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha gave its approval for enhancement of Annuity Grant in favour of Gallantry Awardees from the UT of J&K.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor and Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K attended the meeting.
The proposal to enhance the grant to the existing gallantry awardees was made in order to bring it to parity with the other neighbouring states and UTs and keeping in view the inflation, since the last revision of rates was done in the year 2008.
As per the decision, the revised Annuity for Param Vir Chakra is now Rs. 1,75,000 from Rs. 1,25,000. Similarly, the revision for Mahavir Chakra is Rs. 1,50,000, Vir Chakra Rs. 75,000, Ashok Chakra Rs. 1,50,000 and Kirti Chakra Rs. 1,50,000.