The Meghalaya Cabinet on Thursday introduced a scheme to grant ex-gratia payments to people killed or disabled due to mob lynching in the state.
According to the scheme, in the event of a person’s death due to mob lynching, his/her next of kin will receive Rs 2 lakh. People injured/disabled in mob violence will receive Rs 1 lakh.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said the scheme followed directives issued by the Supreme Court.
Sangma said the scheme would only apply to recent cases. He clarified that the state did not know the total number of cases. Sangma also said this scheme does not cover the coal mining mishap at East Jaintia Hills in January this year.
On February 24 night, eight labourers from Ujnghagrar Char village, South Salmara, Mankachar District, Assam, were attacked by 20 masked miscreants.