The Centre has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs.15 lakh for the next of kin of each of the 75 Central Reserve Police Force personnel killed in Tuesday's naxal attack in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

The next of kin of the deceased will receive over Rs. 38 lakh, which includes Rs.15 lakh as ex gratia from the Centre, Rs.10 lakh from the CRPF risk fund, Rs.3 lakh as ex gratia from the State government, Rs.10 lakh from the State government as part of a scheme for the anti-naxal operation and Rs.60,000 from the CRPF central welfare fund, the Home Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Liberalised Pensionary Award, which is equivalent to the slain personnel's last drawn salary, would also be given.

“In addition to the above, one eligible family member will be provided employment in the CRPF on compassionate grounds as per rules.”

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