Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora said he has fast-tracked the process of awarding petrol pump dealerships to families of six security personnel killed in the 26/11 terror strike.
The government expects to overcome procedural bottlenecks such as acquiring of land and obtaining environmental clearances soon, the Petroleum Minister said.
"I spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and he has already cleared the file regarding land issues. There are some clearances pending from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, which the state government is looking into," Deora told PTI here.
Deora said he expects to hand over a Mahanagar Gas CNG station each to the widows of encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar and constable Tukaram Ombale by next month-end.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram last week awarded petrol pumps and domestic LPG dealerships to dependents of five policemen who were killed in the line of duty, keeping with the government's commitment to give them financial aid.
While families of four policemen were already alloted petrol pumps early this year, eight more, including Smita Salaskar, wife of Vijay Salaskar, have been waiting since.
"(UPA Chairperson) Sonia Gandhi personally called to tell me that we must do everything possible to help families of the 18 martyrs. We are making every effort to ensure that they are looked after well," he said.