North-East: N. Biren Singh, the Chief Minister of Manipur on August 15 announced an ex-gratia scheme. The ex-gratia scheme of Rs. 5 Lakh will be for the families of those killed in the line of duty while serving in the Indian Army and Paramilitary forces. The Chief Minister made the announcement while addressing the 74th Independence Day celebration. The Independence Day celebration was held at 1st Manipur Rifles parade ground in Imphal.
The new scheme is named Major Laishram Jotin Singh ex-gratia scheme. Major Laishram Jotin Singh was a doctor in the Indian Army. While fighting a suicide bomber in Kabul on February 26, 2010, the Major sacrificed his life. He was conferred Ashok Chakra posthumously in 2011. Ashok Chakra is the country’s highest gallantry medal. Major L. Jotin Singh hailed from Manipur.
During the Independence Day celebration, Biren Singh handed over the cheque of Rs. 5 Lakh to the widow of rifleman Ratan Salam. The CM handed over the cheque to the widow of the rifleman under the newly implemented ex-gratia scheme.
Late. Ratan Salam was from the 4th Assam Rifles. Ratan Salam was a resident of the Kakching district in Manipur. During an attack by insurgents near the Khongtal area of Chandel district on July 29, 2020, the Rifleman lost his life. Along with Ratan Salam, two other Assam Rifles personnel lost their lives.
Amid the boycott call and total shutdown by insurgent groups, CM Biren Singh attended the 74th Independence Day celebration. Deputy CM Yumnam Joykumar also attended the Independence Day celebration. The Chief Secretary, Director General of Police along-with many ministers and legislators and top Civil officials also attended the I-Day celebration.