Disabled survivors of man-made calamities like terror attacks now entitled to compensation
In a welcome move, the Maharashtra government on Saturday said that persons who suffer disabilities in man-made calamities like terror and Maoists attacks, rioting and bomb blasts will henceforth be entitled to compensation from the state.
The compensation amount will range from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh, depending on the severity of the disability.
As per a state government order, those suffering from 25-39 percent disability would get Rs 50,000 as compensation while those becoming 40-60 percent disabled would receive Rs 1 lakh.
Those suffering a disability of over 60 percent will be entitled to a compensation amount of Rs 2 lakh, the order added.
The order also lays down compensatory amounts for hospitalisation.
Victims of such man-made calamities will get Rs 3,000 if the hospitalisation is for three days, while for periods above three days, the amount would be Rs 1,000 per day.
“For a maximum of 14 days, the compensation amount would be Rs 14,000,” the order reads.
A competent authority will have to verify the cause of disability, it added.
While compensation is a norm if a victim dies in such a calamity, the new order provides relief to others who sustain injuries that affect their ability to earn a livelihood.