Cabinet decisions: Govt to pay compensation to victims of mob violence, GHADC polls postponed

Shillong, Mar 4: The state cabinet on Thursday has decided to pay compensation to victims who are killed or maimed in mob violence.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma informed media persons after the Cabinet meeting that the government decided to introduce the scheme for grant of ex-gratia payment to victims who are killed or disabled due to incidents of mob violence and lynching in the state.

“The scheme has been proposed that if a person loses his or her life then an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh would be given to the next of kin and if there is a disability Rs. 1 lakh will be given to the concerned individual,” the Chief Minister said.

According to him this scheme will be applied in some cases which occurred recently. Sangma said that this scheme has been applied because of the fact that the Supreme Court has also mentioned that there should be a scheme in this line.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet also decided to postpone Garo Hill Autonomous District Council (GHADC) due to the Assembly elections in Assam. According to the Chief Minister, the third phase of the Assam election will be held in constituencies in Lower Assam which is close to the Garo Hills region.

“So with that in mind the polling of the GHADC which was supposed to be on April 9 needs to be postponed so that the logistics which includes security, manpower transportation all these aspects need to be looked into. The date of polling has been shifted to April 12, and the counting will be shifted from April 14 to 15,” Sangma said.

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