The Union government has enhanced the compensation to the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes victims of different categories of atrocities from minimum Rs. 20, 000 to Rs. 50, 000 and maximum from Rs. 250, 000 to Rs. 500,000.

The new rates of compensation follow amendments to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) (Amendment) Rules 2011, which has come into effect from December 23.

According to the Ministry of Social Justice it is the first time that the scale of relief has been revised since the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules, was first laid down in 1995.

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