JAMMU, JUL 19: Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters Association (JKFFA) today paid tributes to the martyrs of J&K who sacrificed their lives to defend the motherland. The tribute paying ceremony was held at Dogra Shaurya Sthal under chairmanship of JKFFA President, Ved Gandotra wherein all participants paid floral tributes to martyrs. The members also condemned the role of Pakistan, which was responsible for feeding the terrorists and spreading terrorism all over the world.
Chairman JKNPP, Harsh Dev Singh was among the prominent persons present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Harsh Dev asked Governor’s Administration to pay ex-gratia of Rs 1 cr for the families of those killed in the line of duty. He alleged that the PDP-BJP Government adopted a ‘callous’ attitude towards families of martyrs.
He further alleged that while BJP-PDP alliance doled out incentives and jobs to surrendered militants and dependents of deceased anti-nationals, it preferred to remain tight-lipped over the announcement of ex-gratia for families of martyrs. Even the promise of the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh to provide ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore has not been implemented on the ground level, Singh claimed.
He alleged that while other States honoured their ‘martyrs’ and provided adequate ex-gratia to their families, the PDP-BJP Government ‘showed empty coffers’ to the bereaved families.
Harsh rued that the State Government was yet to take note of war-heroes whose families deserved ex-gratia and other benefits with dignity and honour on priority basis.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajiv Mahajan, an active member of JKFFA, stated that just only making lip sympathies and condemning incidents will not solve the matter, adding, “It is not matter of money but respect and responsibility on behalf of State Government, which as a protocol has to be shown to them.” He lamented that ousted PDP-BJP Government doubled the salaries of its Council of Ministers as well as legislators, but did nothing substantial for families of martyrs except expressing lip sympathy and condemnation of terror attacks.
Prominent among others present on the occasion included Gagan Pratap Singh, J.J Singh, Th. Karnail Chand, Kamal Sharma, Sukhminder Singh Maini, Prabhat Kapahi and Gaurav.