New Delhi, July 3: The Indian Army on Wednesday evening said that the family of Agniveer Ajay Kumar martyred has received Rs 98.39 lakh in compensation, refutating Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s claim that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had “lied” in the Lok Sabha about compensating the family.

The clarification came shortly after Rahul Gandhi, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, said in a video message on X: “Protection of truth is the basis of every religion. But Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lied in Parliament about the assistance provided to the family of a martyred Agniveer.” Rahul Gandhi accuses Rajnath Singh of lying over compensation to families of Agniveer martyrs (Watch video).

Indian Army Refutes Rahul Gandhi’s Claim

Rahul Gandhi also accused the Defence Minister of misleading Parliament regarding the ‘help’ provided to the family of martyred Agniveer Ajay Singh. He demanded an apology from Rajnath Singh to Parliament, the nation, the armed forces and the bereaved families.

To clear the air, the Army said in a post on X: “Certain social media posts have come to light that no compensation has been paid to the next of kin of Agniveer Ajay Kumar who lost his life in the line of duty. It is stressed that the Indian Army honours the supreme sacrifice of Agniveer Ajay Kumar. The last rites were performed with full military honours.

“Of the total amount due, the family of Agniveer Ajay has already received Rs 98.39 lakh. Ex-gratia and other benefits worth about Rs 67 lakh, as applicable under the provisions of the Agniveer scheme, will be paid in the final settlement soon after the due police verification. The total amount will be about Rs 1.65 crore. Rahul Gandhi attacks NDA govt over Agniveer plan, says Agniveer is a ‘profiteer’; Rajnath Singh reacts (Watch videos).

“It is reiterated that emoluments due to a fallen hero be promptly paid to the next of kin of deceased soldiers, including Agniveers.” To recall, Rahul Gandhi, who has always been critical of the Agnipath plan to recruit Agniveers into the armed forces, reiterated his opposition to the plan during his maiden speech as Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

He accused the government of creating division among soldiers by providing pensions to some and not to others, saying: “Agniveer is a disposable instrument. One soldier gets pension while the other does not. You are promoting division among soldiers.”

Rajnath Singh refuted Rahul Gandhi’s allegations and accused him of spreading misinformation. He also stressed that the government is providing Rs 1 crore in compensation to the families of the martyred Agniveers.

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