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UP government doubles compensation for kin of soldiers killed on-duty

File Photo: Yogi Adityanath. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 06, 2018, 02.51 PM (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced on Saturday that his government will award double compensation for families of martyred jawans.

The chief minister said the compensation was increased to take care of the family of the killed jawans and to pay homage and respect to their families.

"To ensure the security of the 22 crore people of Uttar Pradesh, we have doubled the compensation given to the kin of the jawans who lose their lives on-duty," Yogi Adityanath said while addressing a public gathering in Meerut.

The kins of the martyred jawans will now be given compensation upto Rs 50 lakh from the initial amount that ranged from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. 

"Earlier, the compensation amount ranged from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh, but now it has been increased up to Rs 50 lakh," Yogi Adityanath said.

The chief minister also paid his tribute to the police constable, Ankit Tomar, who succumbed to bullet injuries a day after he was shot during an encounter in Shamli.

Adityanath also lauded the UP policemen in protecting the people of the state.

Previously, Adityanath had attacked Pakistan and warned them about surgical strikes amidst reports claiming that Indian Army soldiers crossed over the Line of Control and killed three Pakistani army soldiers and injured one. 

India had carried out surgical strikes in September 2016 on seven terror launch pads all across the Line of Control after terrorists attacked an army base camp in Uri that claimed the lives of 19 soldiers. 

Adityanath had also previously awarded extra compensation of kins of two CRPF jawans from the state who fell to Naxal bullets in Chhattisgarh.