Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Uttarakhand high court orders ₹ 2 cr relief to slain doctor’s widow

The Uttarakhand high court on 11 September directed the state to pay compensation of Rs 1.99 crore, along with interest of 7.5% per annum from the date of filing of the petition in 2017, to the widow of Dr Sunil Kumar, who was shot dead while on duty at the community health centre in Udham Singh Nagar on April 20, 2016. In May 2016, the then CS had proposed to the CM to grant benefits to the doctor’s family, including compensation of Rs 50 lakh as well as appointing his elder son to the post of lecturer in any polytechnic in Dehradun on a permanent basis, and government accommodation for the family for a period of five years. 

However, the widow was paid Rs 1lakh and her son was given “compassionate appointment” as a lecturer in computer science department of State Polytechnic, Dehradun, on a contract basis. The Uttarakhand HC also awarded “extraordinary pension” to petitioner Sarita Singh as per the provisions of the UP Civil Services (Extraordinary Pension) (First Amendment) Rules, 1981, as adopted by Uttarakhand, within 10 weeks, along with arrears at the rate of 8.5% interest per annum

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