The JKNPP workers today held a strong protest demonstration against the state government over what they alleged as "irreverence" towards the supreme sacrifices made by the Jawans of Dogra and Bihar Regiments who attained martyrdom in Pakistan sponsored terror attack at Uri.
Led by Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman, JKNPP, Balwant Singh Mankotia, State President, JKNPP, and Yashpal Kundal, State President, Young Panthers, the JKNPP workers assembled at Exhibition Ground, Jammu, and staged a protest demonstration against the state government for showing "disrespect" to the martyrs.
Raising slogans against the government, the protesters demanded ex-gratia for the next of the kin of martyrs including SRO 43 benefits.
Lambasting the BJP-PDP alliance for being callous in announcing the ex-gratia and compensation to the families of said martyrs, Harsh dev Singh said that Uttar Pradesh Government had announced an ex-gratia of rs 20 lacs each to next of the kin of slain brave hearts.
Likewise, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra governments had also announced the ex-gratia of rs 11 lacs, Rs 10 lacs and Rs 15 lacs each to the family members of the martyrs hailing from the respective States, he said.
He regretted that J&K Government on the other hand had failed to show such gesture to the sons of the soil who attained martyrdom including others who sustained injuries for the security and safety of its own people and the nation.
He added that the state government had been disparaging its martyrs right from the beginning with no ex-gratia been paid to the Army Jawans besides other defense and security personnel who sacrificed their lives while performing duties for the motherland.
He lamented that the state legislators had voted themselves a whopping hike in their salaries, the state treasury always remained empty for the slain martyrs. Likewise, the government was paying compensation to the families of stone pelters, monthly honorarium to surrendered militants and grants for rehabilitation of such militants but had declined ex-gratia to martyrs and national heroes who fought for the honour of the nation and its flag, he regretted.
Apart from the Uri Martyrs, Singh reminisced the highest sacrifices of several warriors of the state including 6 martyrs of 6 Dogra Regiment who were killed in Manipur ambush last year, Capt. Tushar Mahajan of Udhampur who was martyred in Kashmir early this year, Naik Mool Raj of Jakh who attained martyrdom while fighting Pak militants in Pathankot, Constable Santosh Singh and Constable Azad Chand who were killed in 2013 Handwara terror attack besides others.
He disclosed that the state government neither recognized and acknowledged their martyrdom nor announced any posthumous award or ex-gratia to families of the said martyrs.
Singh demanded immediate announcement of adequate ex-gratia and benefits under SRO 43 for the bereaved families of Subedar Karnail Singh of Bishnah and Haveldar Ravi Paul of Samba who attained martyrdom in Uri attack besides posthumous awards to all previous martyrs with adequate ex-gratia to their families.
Balwant Singh Mankotia condemned the state government for delaying and denying payment of ex-gratia to the family of Martyr Chamel Singh, who was killed in Kot Lakhpat Jail of Pakistan.
Rajesh Padgotra, Gagan Partap Singh, Paramjit Marshal, Nirmal Kishore, Naresh Chib, Shankar Singh, Udhayveer, Khajoor Singh, Aditya Hans, Narinder Sharma, Kewal Krishan Sharma, Anil Rakwal besides others also spoke on the occasion.