The widow of a CRPF jawan who died fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir is facing bureaucratic apathy and running from pillar to post to get a government job and farm land to sustain her family.
Kunti Ade (30) is surviving on a meagre pension. She has to look after her old in-laws, an unemployed brother-in-law and her little son, she said.
Her husband, Dnyaneshwar, fell to the bullets of the terrorists in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir, on October 8, 2002. Then President A P J Abdul Kalam had presented her a Police Gallantry Medal in honour of her martyred husband.
She had applied for a petrol pump and Bharat Petroleum asked her to arrange a piece of land in Arni city near here to set up the retail outlet, Kunti said. A resident of Arni promised to give her a plot but in turn demanded a partnership in the petrol pump, which she refused.
"When my sincere efforts for a petrol dealership turned futile, I applied for a Government job for my brother-in-law so that we could have our daily bread. However, our request fell on deaf ears," Kunti lamented.
Her next attempt was to seek a piece of agriculture land from the Revenue Department for cultivation.
"As we are a landless nomadic tribe, I sent an application to the CRPF headquarters for allotting a piece of agriculture land. The CRPF referred the matter to Yavatmal District Collector for further necessary action," she said.