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New Delhi : The Government of India issued new reward guidelines called “The guidelines for grant of rewards to be paid to the officers, informers and other persons, 2017” on October 10, 2017, to regulate the grant and payment of reward to informers and government officers.

As per this policy, an officer is eligible for Rs 20,00,000 reward during his entire career and Rs. 50,000 at a time. However, a maximum reward of Rs. 2,00,000 may also be given to an individual in exceptional cases by the Apex Central Rewards Committee. Up to 50% of the total admissible reward amount can be given at pre-trial stage if the test report from chemical lab turns positive.

According to this policy, the reward sanctioning authority should also consider the factors while granting reward to informers, like accuracy of the information, degree of risk involved, extent and nature of the help rendered by the informer and whether the information also gave clues about the person involved in the drug trafficking racket. Narcotics Control Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, has been made the coordinating agency to process the reward proposal of other Central and State agencies working in the field of drug interdiction, according to a PIB release.

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