The state government on Sunday finally gave Rs 50 lakh ex gratia to the family of slain soldier Mandeep Singh. This was after his family said they would approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the delay in fulfilment of promises made by the BJP government in Haryana.
However, this doesn’t seem to be the sole case of delay in payment of ex gratia to martyrs’ families in Haryana.
In Rohtak, family of slain BSF head constable, Rai Singh Indora, is still awaiting the promised ex gratia even after more than three months of his death.
Indora, 39, was killed in mortar shelling by Pakistan in the Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on November 20 last year.
He is survived by his wife, who is a homemaker, and three school going children. “Since his death, the family income has come to a standstill, but expenses remain the same. We have not been given anything by the government so far and are now taking money from our relatives for daily expenditures,” said his wife Sunita.
Indora was the third soldier from Haryana to have been killed after India carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control.
Earlier, the state government had announced Rs 50 lakh ex gratia for the next of kin of BSF jawan Sushil Kumar, who was killed in October last year by shelling from Pakistan. However, at Indora’s cremation, the state government announced only Rs 20 lakh and a job to next of kin.
Unhappy with the disparity, angry villagers had blocked NH-10 and demanded equal compensation for his family. The government agreed to it after facing protests.
However, as of now, the family has received nothing. “We requested the government to give job to our eldest son. But he is only 16. The deputy commissioner promised he will get a job when he turns 18. But till then, we have no one to earn in our family,” Sunita added.
Indora’s elder brother Ramesh, a retired BSF jawan, said he has been touring government offices to know about the compensation, but has been left dry with false promises.
“The deputy commissioner always says that we will get it within one week. But things haven’t changed. Even his pension has not yet been approved,” said Ramesh.
When asked about the matter, Rohtak deputy commissioner, Atul Kumar, said he will remind the government about it. “All the completed paper work has been sent to the OSD to the chief minister. I will remind them tomorrow morning to fast-track the case,” Kumar said.