Little for Kargil martyrs? kin

Published on Jul 27, 2006 02:26 AM IST

While families of 48 martyrs from the state had applied for petrol pumps, only 29 have been able to start operations.

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None | By, Dehra Dun

As the nation basked over its victory against Pakistan on the lofty peaks of Kargil, the governments at Centre and states made several promises to the families of the soldiers.

Although seven years have passed, many of those promises of free land,petrol pumps, gas agencies and monthly allowances are yet to be fulfilled leaving many families disillusioned and angry. Of the total 527 brave-hearts across the country who lost their lives in the war, 75 were from Uttaranchal, the highest among states. But till date, families of 19 martyrs from the state are yet to get the promised petrol pumps. Construction of roads named after some martyrs are yet to begin. Work began on some roads but stopped midway. Some families are yet to get the plots of land assured by the government.

While families of 48 martyrs from the state had applied for petrol pumps, only 29 have been able to start operations. Of those 19 who are still waiting, 11 families are facing problems in acquiring land.

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  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Utpal is a Senior Assistant Editor based in Guwahati. He covers seven states of North-East India and heads the editorial team for the region. He was previously based in Kathmandu, Dehradun and Delhi with Hindustan Times.

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