Saturday, April 10, 2010

Children of lesser Gods : Brig Harwant Singh

"In their time of their grief , our hearts go out to families of CRPF personnel killed in the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on 06 April. We fully commend Govt’s prompt announcement of monetary assistance of Rs 38 Lakhs ,‘‘Liberalised Pensionary Award’’(LPA) for life, which is equival-ent to the slain personnel’s last drawn salary , jobs to the kin of each of the 75 CRPF men killed , but like to draw a parallel with the army Jawans who are dying routinely in the insurgency affected areas of J&K, North Eastern states and even during rigorous training, so that they don’t fall victim to their own poor training, complacency and carelessness as apparently the CRPF personnel did. The Soldiers do NOT get this kind of ex gratia awards, nor is there any ‘Risk Fund’ as in the CRPF . Other than few exceptions, they do not get LPA. Nor do they get jobs for their dependents. Why? It is time that similar benefits are extended to the Defence Services also . Are are they children of lesser Gods-  Brig Harwant Singh

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