Families of 4,057 Forces personnel compensated
Chief Government Whip Urban Development and Sacred Area Development
Minister Dinesh Gunawardene told Parliament yesterday the Government had
paid compensation in respect of 4,006 Army, 35 Navy and 16 Air Force
personnel who died in military operations from January 2008 to March 31,
The Minister said Rs. 75,000 has been paid to the dependants of
unmarried Security Forces personnel while Rs. 150,000 has been paid as
compensation to dependants of married Security Forces personnel.
Of the Security Forces who died within the period mentioned,
compensation has to be paid to dependants of 127 Army and two Air Force
Asked for the reason for the delay in the payment of relevant
compensation, the Minister said there is no delay in the payment of
compensations. However, there were delays in payments in special cases
due to legal problems arising from polygamous incidents of certain
deceased Army personnel and outsiders posing as dependants.
The Minister was responding to an oral question raised by JVP MP