CM announces Rs 1 lakh relief to Bhim Singh's family
The day HT carried a news story on the indifferent attitude of the state government towards the kin of ITBP inspector Bhim Singh, who died on the line of duty in Utarakhand, the chief minister announced a financial help of Rs 1 lakh to his family.india Updated: Jul 03, 2013 19:08 IST
The day HT carried a news story on the indifferent attitude of the state government towards the kin of ITBP inspector Bhim Singh, who died on the line of duty in Utarakhand, the chief minister announced a financial help of Rs 1 lakh to his family.
The gesture, however, still looked half-hearted as it was not specified to whom the relief was being announced. A statement issued by information department said, "chief minister Omar Abdullah has sanctioned Rs 1 lakh for one person of Kathua district who has lost his life in uttarakhand natural calamity."
There was no mention of name. But since till now there has been no confirmation about another person from the state having died in natural calamity in Uttrakhand, it is presumed that this financial assistance has been released to the family of Bhim Singh.
Bhim Singh was part of the squad of 20 officers deputed with National Disaster Relief Force, who died in a chopper crash in Uttarakhand on June 25.
BJP national president Rajnath Singh had said the officers should be called martyrs. Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh had announced financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh each to the family members of the officers, while Gujarat government had announced relief of Rs 5 lakh.
The state government on its part had written to the NDRF to give ex-gratia relief of Rs 1.5 lakh to the family of Bhim Singh.
The family members were irked over the indifferent attitude of the state government as no official had gone to receive his body at the airport.
Rana visits bereaved family
National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday visited the family of ITBP inspector late Bhim Singh at Bobbyia village of Kathua district to condole his demise.
Rana met the bereaved family members and expressed his condolences. He said the brave officer would be remembered for long for saving the lives of others without caring about his own.
"Such people do not die, they become immortal,"said Rana and assured the family that they should not feel alone in this hour of grief.
He said the sacrifice of inspector Bhim Singh will continue to inspire young soldiers and jawans to keep duty ahaead of everything else.
Rana assured the family that he will take up with the government the issue to raise a befitting memorial in memory of Bhim Singh.
First Published: Jul 03, 2013 19:06 IST