J&K Government Unveils Crucial Amendments to 2022 Rehabilitation Assistance Scheme
Jammu, Dec 22 (KS): The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has introduced amendments to the Jammu and Kashmir Rehabilitation Assistance Scheme, 2022. The changes, executed under the authority of Article 309 of the Constitution of India, bring significant modifications to the eligibility criteria and scope of the existing scheme.
As per the notification issued by the Government’s General Administration Department, a copy of which lies with news agency Kashmir Scroll states under the revised Clause 2 of the scheme, the application is extended to cover compassionate appointment or monetary compensation for the family members of government employees who pass away in service or retire on invalid pension. Notably, in cases where the death is attributed to militancy, terrorist action, or law and order situations, certification by the concerned Deputy Commissioner is required to verify the deceased employee’s non-involvement in such activities.
The notification further outlines the amendments that broaden the scope to include members of the Armed Forces or Paramilitary Forces who are domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir. This provision encompasses individuals killed while discharging duties related to law and order or in connection with militancy, terrorist actions, or enemy action.
As explained in the notification, key terms for the scheme are defined, including “Armed Force,” “Domicile,” “Family Member,” and “Government Employee.” Notably, family members include spouses, sons, daughters (including adopted), brothers, or sisters, provided they were dependent on the government employee. The definition of a government employee excludes those working on daily wages, casual, apprentice, ad hoc, or contract basis.
In a preventive measure, the notification states that individuals regularized posthumously under prevailing laws in the Union territory won’t be eligible for the scheme. Additionally, the definition of “Re-employment” clarifies that it excludes the employment of ex-servicemen before the normal age of retirement to a civil post.
Furthermore, as per the notification, Clause 2-A introduces an expansion by including the words “or Armed Forces or Paramilitary Forces as defined in clause 2” after “dependent family member of a Government Employee.”
These amendments, as per the notification, are deemed to have been incorporated into the scheme ab initio, signaling a comprehensive revision to the Jammu and Kashmir Rehabilitation Assistance Scheme and an effort by the government to address evolving circumstances.
Citizens and stakeholders are encouraged, as per the notification, to familiarize themselves with the amended provisions, as they signify a nuanced approach to rehabilitation assistance in the region. (KS)