New Delhi, Feb 26: Ministry of Home Affairs will reimburse the payments made by the victims of cross-border firing living in bordering areas of the Jammu and Kashmir, reported news agency ANI. The incessant ceasefire violations have resulted in the loss of human lives and mass scale displacement in Rajouri and other neighbouring districts of the Kashmir since the beginning of this year.Also Read - Separatist Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani Dies: Curfew-like Restrictions Imposed in Kashmir, Mobile Internet Suspension Likely
Union Minister Jitendra Singh that the decision was taken following a request made to the MHA. As per the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the fund paid as compensation by the J&K State Government will be reimbursed to the State Government from the Centre through SRE (Security Related Expenditure). Also Read - Plan a Trip to These 5 Offbeat Budget-Friendly Retreats in India to Break That Covid Monotony
The order further says that the State Government may consider to pay relief and compensation for housing damages/losses, crop losses or livestock losses, relief for stay at relief camps, displacement, etc. to those affected by cross-border firing, at the rates equal to NDRF recommendations fixed from time to time. Also Read - Viral Video: Kashmiri Bride Drives Husband to Sasuraal After Vidaai, Hailed For 'Smashing Stereotypes' | Watch
The communique also advises the State Government that item-wise claims and compensations paid by the State Government to the victims of cross-border firing may be submitted along with details, from time to time, in order to seek timely reimbursement from the Centre.
Twenty people — 11 security personnel and nine civilians — were killed and over 75 others injured in Pakistani shelling along the LoC and the International Border (IB) in Jammu division since the beginning of this year.