Still grappling to come to terms with the losses they faced in the Petlawad explosion in MP’s Jhabua, Khoria villagers appreciate the aid provided by the state government, especially chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
“The chief minister has given us what he promised when he came here. We have no complaints with the government,” said Madho Bhil, a resident of Khoria village panchayat whose son, Vikarm Bheel, died in the incident on September 12.
Vikram worked as a labourer at Rajendra Kaswa’s godown in Petlawad.
“The CM had promised to give us employment and he has given my daughter-in-law a job in a school…Paisa mil gayaa aur ghar ke liye paisa milega. Mujhe sarkaar se koi shikayat nahi. Sarkar ne bahut kiya (We have got money and will get more for a house. I have no complaints with the government. They have done a lot),” Madho says, as he hunkers down in front of his small hut.
In more than half-a-dozen villages that HT visited, villagers and family members of the victims claimed that they were satisfied with the state government and affection of the CM.
“Humne ek baar kaha ki humare bete aur uske dost ke naam ek sadak kar dijiye Bamaniya mein aur unhone turant ailaan kar diya. (I told the CM that I want nothing just a road so that Prince-Prashant are remembered and he announced it immediately). A person, who is the CM of Madhya Pradesh, visits our house and weeps with us…we need this sort of leader. He promised us to help on each and every step,” said Rajendra Bhateora.
In Naharpura village panchayat too people expressed satisfaction with the ex-gratia help given by the state government. Six people from the village have died in the blast.
“I have lost my son…nothing can lessen my woes, but the CM has done a lot for us. Sab ko ghar aur naukari dene ka vada kiya hai, paisa aa gayaa hai…humko koi shikayat nahi hai sarkaar se,” said Dulki Bheel, a resident of Baria Bareliya, whose 19-year-old son Hakku died in the incident.