Maharashtra government Current Affairs - 2019

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Maharashtra Govt. raises Financial Aid for Martyrs’ Kin to Rs.1 crore

The Maharashtra government has approved an increase in financial assistance given to families of martyred and disabled soldiers hailing from state who lay down their life in the line of duty. The approved four-time increase in compensation from Rs 25 lakh to Rs.1 crore for Kin of martyred soldiers will be implemented from January 1, 2019.

This decision by Maharashtra Cabinet replicates enhanced compensations announced by Centre and some other states, including Madhya Pradesh. After Pulwama attack (on February 14) on CRPF personnel, Centre had enhanced compensation for kin of soldiers, who have attained martyrdom, to Rs.1 crore.

Key Highlights

So far, families of martyred soldiers or jawans who lost their lives defending country were getting Rs 25 lakh as ex-gratia, they will now get Rs.1 crore.

Personnel wounded in conflict: Similarly jawans who sustained injuries were getting between Rs 8.5 lakh and Rs 15 lakh, depending on severity of injuries. This amount has now been increased to Rs 20-60 lakh.

Eligible: Personnel who are residents of Maharashtra and have joined any security force like Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) among others, and get killed in military action even outside country will get compensation,

Also, now the families of martyred soldiers need not come to government office for aide.

Compensation Amount:

If a jawan is martyred, one-time compensation has now been increased to Rs.1 crore.

If disability ranges from 1 to 25% Rs.20 lakh will be provided.

If disability ranges from 26% to 50% Rs.34 lakh will be provided.

If disability is as severe as 51% to 100% Rs.60 lakh.

Maharashtra Government makes sale of Gutka to be non-bailable offence

Maharashtra Government has made the sale of Gutka in the state a non-bailable offence under Section 328 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). It was announced by state government in state assembly in order to strictly enforce the ban of these products.

State Governments announcement comes after increase in the cases related to smuggling of gutka from the neighboring states where it is not banned.

Background

  • In 2012, Maharashtra Government had banned sale and manufacturing of Gutka and Pan Masala under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.
  • State government also had imposed punishment of 6 months to three years imprisonment. However it was bailable offence that time.
  • It should be noted that Maharashtra was fifth state to ban gukta after Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and first state to ban Pan Masala.