Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Compensation scheme for loss of life, rape and acid attack

July 26, 2011, Patna: For the first time in Bihar, compensation will be paid for loss of life, rape and serious injury even if the perpetrators are not identified, the state government decided on Tuesday.

The proposal for the Bihar Victims' Compensation Scheme, 2011 was sanctioned at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Principal Secretary Ravikant told reporters.

Under the scheme Rs one lakh for loss of life, Rs 50,000 in the case of rape, Rs 25,000 for grievous hurt, Rs 25,000 for injuries after an acid attack, and Rs 25,000 for mental torture would be provided.

This will be given even if the perpetrators are not identified, he said.

The setting up of 30 new exclusive police stations in the state for tackling cases registered under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989 was also agreed upon.

The new police stations would be in addition to the existing ten, he said, adding that 510 posts would be created for meeting the manpower needs for them.

The cabinet also approved a proposal for hiking the VAT on coal, iron, hide and woolen and cotton fabrics, to five per cent from the existing four per cent, he said.

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