Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh and a government job each for the kin of the two Pathankot attack martyrs who hailed from the state.
Interacting with the mediapersons during a sangat darshan programme at Qadian, Badal said the assistance was a “modest effort” by the government to pay tribute to Honorary Captain Fateh Singh and Havildar Kulwant Singh, who belonged to Jhanda Gujjran and Chak Sharif villages of Gurdaspur respectively.
Asserting that Fateh and Kulwant were “national martyrs” and the state was duty-bound to help their kin, the chief minister said his government will leave no stone unturned in taking care of the bereaved families.
Badal also said his government was ready to help the families of the other security personnel who lost their lives in the Pathankot attack “whether they hailed from Punjab or not”. He said he had already asked officials to contact the families and offer help.
“It is an onerous duty on our part to bail out these distressed families in this difficult time,” Badal said. “The martyrs have sacrificed their lives to safeguard the nation’s integrity and sovereignty.”
Badal also urged the Centre to plug the loopholes in the Pakistan border to prevent infiltration, saying it was high time that cross-border terrorism was checked.
“We will again take up the issue with the Union government to ensure that terror attacks such as Dinanagar and Pathankot do not recur,” Badal said.