IEP Chandigarh, August 27
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday handed over cheques worth Rs 1 crore each as financial assistance to the distressed family members of the two brave hearts who had attained martyrdom on August 19 in a road accident at Leh (Ladakh).
After visiting the native houses of these martyrs, the Chief Minister said that nine valiant heroes have attained martyrdom while discharging their duty to safeguard the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country at leh. He said that unfortunately out of these martyrs, two sons from Punjab including Ramesh Lal of Village Sarsiri (Faridkot) and Taran Deep Singh from Bassi Pathana had also attained martyrdom. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that it is an irreparable loss for the country in general and for the distressed families in particular.
During his visit, the Chief Minister offered his condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed to Almighty for granting eternal peace to the departed soul. Handing over cheques worth Rs 1 crore to the distressed families as a mark of respect for the unprecedented sacrifice made by these heroes for the country, he said that the entire country is indebted to these martyrs who had sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country and its people.
The Chief Minister said that this humble initiative of the state government is in recognition of the immense contribution of these sons of soil towards preserving the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country. Reiterating the firm commitment of the state government to help the families of the soldiers who sacrifice their life at the altar of the motherland, he said that it is the bounden duty of the Punjab government. Bhagwant Mann said that financial assistance to these families of martyrs is in consonance with the commitment of the state government to ensure the well being of the soldiers and their families who attained martyrdom during the duty.
The Chief Minister also announced suitable jobs for the kin of the Martyrs on compassionate grounds according to the policy. He said that the supreme sacrifice of these martyrs will ever inspire their fellow soldiers and youngsters to perform their duties with far more devotion and commitment. Bhagwant Mann expressed hope that this healing touch of the state will go a long way in helping the aggrieved family on one hand and securing their future on the other. Likewise, he envisioned that it will also encourage the youth to join the Armed forces to serve their motherland in a selfless manner.
Meanwhile, at Antim Ardass of Martyr Taran deep Singh at Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib, the Chief Minister while giving the cheque of the financial help, announced job for his sister after due verification of certificates and construct a stadium equipped with synthetic track and other ultra modern facilities after the name of the Martyr so that other youngsters could be motivated and qualified for the recruitment of Armed Forces.
However, at village Sarsiri (Faridkot), the Chief Minister announced a job for wife of the Martyr Ramesh Lal and construct a stadium in the village apart from the monetary support, besides revamping the dispensary of the village and Panjgrain to Nangal road to be renamed after the martyr.