New Delhi/IBNS: Hours after Rahul Gandhi alleged that Rajnath Singh had “lied” to Parliament about a compensation of Rs 1 crore being handed over to the family of Agniveer Ajay Kumar, the Indian Army has clarified that the money has indeed been paid.

“It has emerged from certain social media posts that no compensation has been paid to the bereaved families of Agniveer Ajay Kumar, who lost his life in the line of duty,” the Army said in a post on X, stressing that it appreciates Agniveer’s immense sacrifice.

“The last rites were performed with full military honours. Out of the total amount due, ₹98.39 lakhs has already been paid to the family of Agniveer Ajay. Ex – Gratia and other benefits worth approximately ₹67 lakhs, as applicable under the provisions of Agniveer scheme, will be paid in the final settlement soon after the due police verification. The total amount will be approximately ₹1.65 Cr,” the Army added.

Rajnath Singh’s office reposted the Army’s clarification, saying, “The Indian Army is committed to the welfare of the Agniviers.”

The clarification came within two hours of Rahul Gandhi posting a video message in which he reiterated that no compensation had been paid to the family of Agniveer Ajay Kumar.

“Protection of truth is the foundation of every religion. But Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lied in Parliament about the help provided to the family of martyred Agniveer. Agniveer Ajay Singh’s father himself has told the truth about their lies. The Defence Minister should apologise to Parliament, the country, the army and the family of Agniveer Ajay Singh ji,” Gandhi said, sitting next to a photograph of Lord Shiva.

The Agnipath programme, launched in 2022, provides for short-term induction of personnel into the armed forces with the aim of reducing the age profile of the three services. Those recruited under the programme are called Agniveers.

In the same video, Ajay Singh’s father stated that “their family had not received any compensation” from the central government, which is in direct contradiction to the defence minister’s statement.

“Rahul Gandhi is raising our voice in Parliament that families of martyrs should be given all necessary help. Agniveer recruitment should be stopped and regular recruitment should be restored,” Agniveer’s father said.