The Army late on Wednesday night said that the family of Agniveer Ajay Kumar, who was killed in a landmine explosion in January, would receive compensation of around ₹1.65 crore. The Army stressed that the “emoluments due to a fallen hero will be paid expeditiously” to the kin of the deceased soldiers, including Agniveers.

The army’s clarification followed a social media post by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in which he demanded an apology from Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for misleading Parliament.

“Certain social media posts have suggested that no compensation has been paid to the bereaved family 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,” the Army said in a post on X.

The 23-year-old was killed on January 18 in a landmine explosion near the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Of the total amount due, Agniveer Ajay’s family has already received ₹98.39 lakh, the army said.

Ex gratia and other benefits worth about ₹67 lakh, as applicable under the provisions of the Agniveer scheme, will be paid shortly in the final settlement, after due police verification, the report said. “The total amount will be about ₹1.65 crore.”

Breaking down the ₹1.65 crore compensation, defence officials said this includes ₹48 lakh as insurance from the government, ₹50 lakh as insurance from financial institutions under a memorandum of understanding and an additional amount of ₹39,000, all of which have been paid to the family of Agniveer Ajay Singh.

Besides, an ex gratia of ₹44 lakh, ₹8 lakh from the Army Welfare Fund, ₹13 lakh approximately as balance of salary till the end of his tenure, and Seva Nidhi Fund of ₹2.3 lakh — together amounting to ₹67.3 lakh — will be paid after due process, officials said.

Agniviers are not entitled to a pension or emoluments after four years of service, but to a one-off payment.

Earlier on Wednesday, Gandhi released a video clip in which the soldier’s father claimed that the family had not received any compensation.

On Monday, Mr Gandhi, during his speech in the Lok Sabha, claimed that Agniveers were not entitled to any compensation after their death.

Defence Minister Singh claimed that Agniveers would get a compensation of ₹1 crore from the Centre.

“Rajnath Singhyoufor the picture of Lord Shiva, lied to the entire country, the army and the Agniveers on the issue of compensation,” Mr Gandhi said in a post on X, while sharing a video of the slain soldier’s father.

“Rajnath Singh has given a statement. We have not received any facility or compensation,” the soldier’s father is heard saying in the video released by Mr Gandhi.

However, several serving officials and veterans pointed out that the insurance amount of ₹50 lakh is being paid by the State Bank of India, which is provided as a personal accident cover to its government employee account holders. The insurance amount of ₹48 lakh is not being provided by the government, they said, as there is no insurance provided by the government. They are being provided under group insurance schemes like the Army Group Insurance Fund, which are registered associations and not government bodies, they said.

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