Jammu Tawi, November 19
Deputy Chief Minister (Dy CM), Dr Nirmal Singh and PHE Minister, Sham Choudhary today visited the families of border firing victims in R S Pura area.
The Deputy Chief Minister along with PHE Minister, Sham Choudhary were interacting with the family members of those who lost their lives in the recent border firing in the villages of Bhallesar, Ratna and Salamachek in RS Pura area of Jammu. While interacting with the family of the Gurnam Singh who attained martyrdom in the border firing at Bobia post in Hiranagar sector, the Deputy Chief Minister assured the family the government would provide all the necessary support to them including the provision of job to the next of the kin besides ensuring that the ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh (from the Centre) and Rs 1 lakh from the state government is provided to them at the earliest. He also directed the officers for taking the necessary steps for renaming the Chowk at Ratnachek as ‘Shaheed Gurnam Singh Chowk’.
PHE Minister, Sham Choudhary said, “The sacrifices rendered by the martyrs will be remembered for times to come as they have sacrificed their lives for upholding the unity and integrity of the nation.” The Minister further said that the people should be indebted to them and the exemplary valor being displayed by them while warding off the external aggression and threats of the enemy. He said the government would provide the central and state ex-gratia relief to them as early as possible. Others who were present on the occasion included MLA RS Pura Dr Gagan Bhagat, DC Jammu Dr Simrandeep Singh and other senior officers of the administration, prominent citizens and others.