The Indian Army has issued a statement refuting Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s claims about the compensation paid to the family of Agniveer Ajay Kumar, who died in the line of duty. The Army clarified that Ajay Kumar’s family has already received Rs 98.39 lakh as part of the compensation.

In response to social media posts and Rahul Gandhi’s claims, the Army stressed that all amounts due to the fallen hero’s family are being processed expeditiously. According to the Army statement, additional ex-gratia and benefits totaling around Rs 67 lakh under the Agniveer scheme will be processed soon, pending police verification. The total compensation is estimated at Rs 1.65 crore.

The controversy erupted after Rahul Gandhi’s video surfaced in which he alleged discrepancies in the compensation payments demanded by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. In Parliament, Gandhi accused the government of neglecting Agniver’s welfare, calling them “use-and-throw labourers.”

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh refuted these allegations and claimed that Agniveers who sacrifice their lives will receive Rs 1 crore in compensation. The Agnipath programme, launched on June 14, 2022, aims to recruit youth between the ages of 17.5 and 23, with provisions for extended service.