Centre allocates INR 195 crore for SRE in Northeast states
Reimbursements made to North Eastern States under SRE scheme during the last seven year is as under
Dimapur, Jan. 3 (EMN): The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) maintained that the central government has been implementing a scheme for reimbursement of Security Related Expenditure (SRE) for the Northeast (NE) states “seriously affected by militancy/insurgency since 1995.”
According to a notification issued by the MHA, the scheme was being implemented in all NE states except Mizoram and Sikkim. It stated that for the financial year 2019-20, INR 195 crore has been allocated under SRE (NE) scheme.
Under the scheme, the funds are shared between the centre and state in the ratio of 90:10. Expenditure incurred by NE states on various security related items, including raising of India Reserve Battalion; logistics provided to the CAPFs/army deployed in the state; ex-gratia grant and gratuitous relief to the victims of extremist violence; 75% of the expenditure incurred on POL (petrol, oil and lubricants) in operations; 100% ex-gratia to NoK of police personnel; honorarium paid to village guards/village defence committees/home guards deployed for security purposes; and expenditure incurred on maintenance of designated camps set up for groups with whom the central government/state governments have entered into agreement for suspension of operations(SoO) and expenditure incurred on surrendered militants and their rehabilitation is being reimbursed.
A comprehensive review of the SRE scheme for NE states was effected on April 1, 2018 and the following changes were made:
• Wages for home guards hiked to INR 200 per day from INR 150 per day.
• Honorarium for village defence guard (VDP) doubled to INR 3,000 per month from INR 1,500 per month.
• Maintenance expenses of designated camp for each cadre enhanced from INR 3,000 to INR 6,000 per month.
• Enhanced ex-gratia for killed / injured person in extremist violence –
Civilian death – increased from INR 1 lakh to INR 2 lakh
Police personnel death – increased from INR 3 lakh to INR 20 lakh
Permanent disability for police-enhanced from INR 75,000 to INR 5 lakh