Jammu and Kashmir witnessed the deadliest attack in Uri in which 18 soldiers attained martyrdom, but still there is no announcement for ex-gratia for the two soldiers from the state martyred in the attack ‘except the lip sympathies’ and condemnation poured in from various corners.
While the governments of the Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Bihar announced ex-gratia in the wake of Uri terror attack, Jammu and Kashmir government, the state where the terror attack occurred on September 18 morning, failed to announce any ex-gratia for two martyrs of Jammu region.
Even after 72 hours of attack, yet nothing official has been announced by the state government or by any of the ministers regarding ex-gratia. The ministers including of BJP, which is in
coalition with ruling PDP, ensured presence at the cremation grounds but ‘uttered no word regarding ex-gratia’ to the Next of Kins (NOKs) of martyred soldiers.
The martyrs have been identified as Havaldar Ravi Paul of village Sarba in district Samba and Subedar Karnail Singh of village Shibu Chack, Bishnah, Jammu.
Though two ministers of PDP-BJP government reached to lay wreath at the mortal remains of the martyrs but ‘did nothing except expressing lip sympathies’ and praying for the eternal peace to the departed souls.
”The PDP-BJP government, which took no time to double the salaries of its Council of Ministers as well as legislators during Assembly session this year, did nothing substantial in this regard except expressing the lip sympathy and condemnation of the terror attack,” a close member of the martyred soldier rued.
He further said how the coffers of government of parties like PDP and BJP, which claim to be the real sympathisers of the people, suddenly go dry when the ex-gratia for the brave-hearts has to be announced, it is a million dollar question.
”If the governments like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Bihar can announce the ex-gratia for the martyred soldiers, what the government of a state of occurrence of attack, is waiting for,” he said with moist eyes.
”On one hand the security forces from outside and the locals as well are fighting against militancy since decades but unfortunately, the BJP in the Centre and PDP in alliance with BJP in the state failed in providing relief to the martyrs,” Jugal Kishore Sharma?Congress MLC here told UNI.
The former minister asserted that the government should have immediately announced at least Rs 50 lakh each to the martyred soldiers, adding, ”Stone pelters and those instigating violence in the Kashmir Valley, are being visited personally by the brigade of ministers, even the Chief Minister herself and they even inquire about their health at the hospitals but could not spare a moment to share grief with the families of the martyrs.”
Mr Sharma, however, also rued that Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, is attending a Naropa Festival in Ladakh, asserting that he should have cancelled its all important programmes and rushed to Jammu to participate in the funeral.
”People of Jammu region have faith in the BJP and they voted them to power, but it is unfortunate that they do not have time to share their pain,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party Chairman, Harsh Dev Singh said, ”’It is shameful and condemnable that those who rendered services for the state and the nation, are not given due attention.”
”State Government has failed to respect the martyrs and it is an insult to them,” said Mr Singh and added that ”it had not happened for the first time as Jammu and Kashmir had been behaving it in similar manner previously too”
”BJP-PDP government is having an appeasement policy towards the militants but nothing for the bravehearts,” said the Panthers Party Chairman.
As per reports, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced financial assistance of Rs 20 lakh each to the families of jawans from the state, while the Maharashtra Government announced a financial assistance of Rs 15 lakh each for families of slain soldiers from the state.
Uri attack was one of the worst attacks in recent times in which at least 18 soldiers lost their lives and 25 others were injured.
All the four terrorists have been killed in what has emerged as worse than the attack on the Pathankot air base earlier in January this year, in which seven army men were killed.