State Home Minister Jayant Patil on Friday apologised to the families of the victims of the 26/11 terror attack.
The apology came when a legislator raised the issue of government apathy in sponsoring education of children of police personnel killed in the attack.
“We never meant to hurt anybody’s feelings and it was not intentional. If anyone was hurt, I apologise,” said Jayant Patil in the Legislative Council on Friday.
The home minister was replying to an objection raised by Kapil Patil, an Independent legislator, who took exception to a government statement that it had among other things even sponsored the last rites of the victims.
In his special mention, Kapil also pointed to the confusion on the education expenses to be given to the victims’ kin.
Mansi Shinde, wife of inspector Shashank Shinde who died at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, had written to the government on March 30 about the education expenses of her children, he said. She was informed that their education would be free only till Class 12, Kapil said.
“What is the need to mention the expenses of one’s last rites? Also, if the government has decided to fund the entire education why was such a letter sent to Shinde,” he said.
Reacting to this Jayant Patil said, “The education relief was handled by two different departments and had created some type of confusion. All education expenses, even (for) higher education, will be borne by the government. We have issued a government resolution to that effect.”