On eve of PM’s visit to Ludhiana, martyr’s wife returns Sena Medal
Disappointed over the alleged dilly-dally attitude of the central government and officials in dispensing the benefits announced, the wife of ‘Operation Pawan’ martyr Hawaldar Kashmir Singh returned the ‘Sena Medal’ to deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat to be handed over to PM Narendra Modi during his visit on Tuesday.punjab Updated: Oct 18, 2016 13:07 IST
Disappointed over the alleged dilly-dally attitude of the central government and officials in dispensing the benefits announced, the wife of ‘Operation Pawan’ (Indian Peace Keeping Mission) martyr Hawaldar Kashmir Singh returned the ‘Sena Medal’ to deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat to be handed over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit on Tuesday.
Assistant commissioner (grievances) Swati Tiwana received the medal from an inconsolable wife of the martyr on Monday.
Surinder Kaur of Nikku Saran village of Gurdaspur said after her husband attained martyrdom in 1987, the then, government had announced 10 acres of agriculture land, petrol pump or a gas agency besides monetary help of Rs 25 lakh and government job for one member of the family.
She added that 29 years have passed, but she has got nothing from the government besides a piece from Panchayat land for establishing a memorial of her husband.
Assistant commissioner Swati Tiwana said that as the matter is of Gurdaspur district, they will also talk to the concerned officers there.
“I have tried to convince the family not to return the medal as it is the supreme honour. But the family has taken up this step following emotions. We will take up the matter and try to help out the family,” said Tiwana.
KASHMIR SINGH’S BODY WAS NOT RECOVERED
Surinder Kaur said that her husband Kashmir Singh was part of Indian Peace Keeping Mission that had gone to Jaffna in Sri Lanka. During a gunfight with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militants her husband and 28 other armymen had attained martyrdom on October 13, 1987. Body of her husband was not recovered. She single-handedly raised her son and daughter.
NO POLICY FOR OPERATION PAWAN MARTYRS
Satnam Singh Dahaliwal, president, Universal Human Rights Organisation (UHRO), said that he pursued the matter on his own. He came to know that the government has made no policy for Operation Pawan, while policy for martyrs of 1965, 1971 and Kargil war is there. He raised the point that the family of alleged Indian spy Sarabjit, who was killed in Pakistan jail, got Rs 25 lakh from the central government, Rs 1 crore from the state government and other benifits.