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State Hikes Martyrs’ Ex-Gratia

Bhubaneswar: The State Government has doubled the ex-gratia being paid to next of kin of Odia Jawans, who attained martyrdom during war and fight against terrorism.   

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed concerned officials to increase the ex-gratia amount from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, sources said Wednesday.  

During the Kargil war, the State Government had set up a fund for the welfare of the families of jawans and officers of military and paramilitary forces, who sacrificed their lives for the country.

Initially, the compensation amount was Rs 1 lakh, which was increased to Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh in 2010 and 2012, respectively.