The families of three persons from the district stranded in Iraq have been awaiting since July the financial assistance of Rs 20,000 as monthly grant the state government had announced to all families of 40 Punjabis stuck in the violence-torn country.
The distressed family members reached the district administrative complex to meet the deputy commissioner and submitted a memorandum in this regard.
Manjeet Kaur, a resident of Chak Des Raj village, whose husband Davinder Singh has gone missing in Iraq, said it had become difficult to make ends meet without money as Davinder was use to send money.
But since her husband went missing she was left to fend for herself, she said.
Manjeet said she is earning livelihood from stitching and has to take care of her three children. She said the state government should not make false promises if it cannot fulfill them.
“We came to know that other families are getting the financial assistance but we have not received anything from the state government as yet,” she claimed. She broke in tears while revealing this and demanded immediate help the government had announced earlier.
“We have met external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj many times in Delhi to know whereabouts of our missing relatives in Iraq but no one is paying serious attention to our woes,” said Sonu Kumar, son of Balwant Rai who is also missing in Iraq since July.
Sonu, a resident of Dhadda village on Jalandhar-Hoshiarpur road, said they had met revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia about the financial assistance got only false assurances.
He further said his father along with Davinder and Surjeet of Chuharwali village were working as labourers in a Turkish construction company in Mosul of Iraq and there was not information about them since violence erupted in the country.
Family members of Surjeet also urged the government to keep its promise of providing the grant as it has become difficult for them to keep their hearth burning.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Balwinder Kumar said the government should immediately release financial assistance to these families and it should also make serious efforts to rescue the stranded youths in Iraq.
Deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav was not available for comments despite HT contacted him repeatedly.
Davinder Singh, a resident of Murar village in Kapurthala and brother of Gobinder Singh who is missing in Iraq, said, “We have received four cheques of Rs 20,000 each from the state government since July.”