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Families of CRPF men killed in Pulwama attack will get at least Rs 1.2 crore each

Since the 40 personnel who died last week were "killed in action", they are eligible for ex gratia payments from centre, state where attack occurred, and their home state.

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New Delhi: Contrary to the misinformation that’s being circulated about the compensation to be given to the families of the CRPF personnel killed in last week’s Pulwama attack, each of them will receive at least Rs 1.20 crore, sources in the force told ThePrint.

According to two sources in the CRPF, the 40 personnel — one was an assistant sub-inspector while the others held the ranks of constable or head constable — were “killed in action”, and thus eligible for ex gratia payments from the Centre, the state where the attack occurred, and their home state.

While the ex gratia payment from the central government is fixed at Rs 35 lakh, Jammu & Kashmir, the state where the attack occurred, will pay each of the families Rs 5 lakh. The payout the personnel’s families receive from their home states will vary, as it is the prerogative of the local government: For example, while Rajasthan has reportedly vowed to give out Rs 50 lakh to each of the families, Jharkhand has pledged Rs 10 lakh.

The compensation will also include a host of salary-related components: The last basic pay of the slain personnel till their retirement age, following which the family will also be entitled to the personnel’s death-cum-retirement gratuity, the amount of which will be in keeping with central civil services pension rules.

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Allowance for child’s education too

In addition to the pension, the family will also receive money from the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS), a contributory, self-financed initiative — while the assistant sub-inspector’s family will receive Rs 60,000 under this component, those of the constables and head constables will get Rs 30,000 each.

According to the sources, other payouts include medical allowances and leave encashment, which is calculated on the basis of the last basic pay and dearness allowance (DA).

“A Rs 1,000 medical allowance per month, along with the general provident fund (GPF) and a component called deposit-linked insurance (built into the EPF), which amounts to Rs 60,000, will be given to the next of kin,” a CRPF officer, one of the two sources, said.

The wife of the personnel will also receive from the centre a child education allowance of Rs 27,000 per year per child till they complete Class XII.

“Another component is the Paramilitary Salary Package (PMSP) cover, which is like an insurance and amounts to another Rs 30 lakh. The next of kin is also entitled to that,” the second CRPF source told ThePrint.

Then there is the payout from the CRPF Risk Fund for families of deceased personnel, which amounts to Rs 20 lakh for those killed in action (Rs 14 lakh to the next of kin, generally the spouse, and Rs 6 lakh to the parents).

“In addition to the risk fund, we also have a central welfare fund, from which each family will get another Rs 1,50,000,” said the second CRPF source.

Also read: Don’t politicise Pulwama attack, Modi & Shah say but won’t stop themselves


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