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Widow of CRPF jawan gets ex-gratia payment after 18 years

Widow of CRPF jawan gets   ex-gratia payment after 18 years
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New Delhi: The widow of a CRPF jawan, who died fighting terrorists during the 2002 Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls, has received ex-gratia payment from the Election Commission after 18 years following the intervention of the top brass.

Anguished by the delay, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora wrote a letter to Pramila Devi, personally apologising on behalf of the administrative machinery. The Commission decided to provide her Rs 20 lakh ex-gratia as an exception, which is the present admissible amount.

In 2002, the admissible amount for ex-gratia was Rs 5 lakh.

The amount has been transferred to her bank account.

Ramesh Kumar of the 45th battalion was deployed for election duty in the 2002 Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls. On October 8 that year, he died fighting terrorists at a polling booth in Doda Town Hall area.

His widow Pramila Devi, who lives in Bhiwani in Haryana, first wrote to the Commission in December 2019 requesting early payment of ex-gratia permissible.

Her request was forwarded to the chief electoral officer of Jammu and Kashmir.

"There was undue delay in processing in the office of CEO...," said a letter sent out by the Commission to all state chief electoral officers sensitising them about fast tracking such matters pending with them.

On August 10 this year, Devi wrote an email to CEC Arora requesting his intervention.

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