The Delhi Cabinet on Wednesday approved a substantial hike in ex-gratia amount being released in the eventuality under various categories from time to time. The revision is being done after a gap of five years and the enhanced amounts will be paid following the issue of a notification.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who chaired the meeting, said the ex-gratia was last revised in September 2004 and so the revision now was justified because of inflation and extent of damage being caused due to large-scale fires, building collapses and other eventualities. She said the revision has been effected under various categories including bomb blasts, communal riots and other riots, terrorist attacks, fire and other accidents caused by individual or natural calamity, loss of movable property in riots, damage to residential units other than ‘jhuggis' or hutments in riots or fire or due to natural calamity, damage to uninsured commercial properties and damage to jhuggis.
Stating that the move is aimed at mitigating the loss and suffering of the people, the Chief Minister said the ex-gratia or loss due to bomb blasts, communal riots and other riots and terrorist attacks has been enhanced by 100 per cent in most of the cases. In case of death of a major person the amount has been increased from Rs.2 lakh to Rs.3 lakh; in case of a minor from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh, in case of permanent incapacitation from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh, in case of serious injury from Rs.50,000 to Rs.1 lakh, in case of minor injury from Rs.5,000 to Rs.10,000 and in case of orphaned children while no ex-gratia amount was paid earlier now they would be given Rs.1 lakh. In case of loss in fire and other accidents caused by individual or natural calamity there would be a 100 per cent increase in ex-gratia amount. In case of death of a major the amount has been increased from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.2 lakh, in case of death of a minor it has been increased from Rs.50,000 to Rs.1 lakh, in case of serious injury it has been increased from Rs.20,000 to Rs.50,000, in case of minor injury it has gone up from Rs.1,000 to Rs.10,000 and in case of orphaned children it has again been introduced for the first time and fixed at Rs.1 lakh.
In case of damage to residential units, other than jhuggis, in riots, fire or natural calamity the amount has been increased by 125 per cent. In case of total damage the amount will go up from Rs. 20,000 to Rs.50,000, in case of substantial damage it will go up from Rs.10,000 to Rs.25,000 and in case of minor damage from Rs.2,000 to Rs.5,000. Further, in case of damage to uninsured commercial property in riots, fire or natural calamity the amount has been doubled. Earlier the ex-gratia amount was fixed at 50 per cent of the loss up to maximum of Rs. 50,000 whereas the new amount will be 50 per cent of the loss up to a maximum of Rs.1 lakh.