Saturday, September 8, 2001,
Chandigarh, India


J A M M U   &   K A S H M I R

Petrol stations for Kargil martyrs’ kin
M. L. Kak
Tribune News Service

Jammu, September 7
Besides adequate monetary assistance, the Government of India has sanctioned 385 petrol stations and LPG agencies to the next of kin of those killed in the Kargil operation over two years ago.

According to the Ministry of Defence, 500 such agencies have been earmarked for this category and 400 applications received out of which 385 have been cleared.

So far the next of kin of the armed forces personnel killed in Kargil have received Rs 10 lakh each besides family pension equal to the last pay drawn by the deceased personnel. In addition, they have been paid death-cum-retirement gratuity.

Those disabled in the operation have been made entitled to war injury pension consisting of service element and war injury element.

Under this provision, the disabled personnel will be entitled to pension on the basis of the pay he would have drawn at the time of retirement.



Those with 100 per cent disability will be entitled to a war injury element equal to the emoluments last drawn.

Our of the National Defence Fund, families of those killed or disabled in the Kargil operation have received Rs 2 lakh each for housing and Rs 1 lakh for the education of children. The parents of soldiers killed in the operation have been paid Rs 2 lakh from the National Defence Fund.

The soldiers disabled in the Kargil war have been paid Rs 6 lakh, Rs 4.5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh for disability of more than 75 per cent, up to 70 per cent and less than 50 per cent.

The families of Kargil martyrs have received Rs 30,000 each as financial assistance from the Army Central Welfare Fund.


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