Raj govt declares relief package for martyrs' kin

Raj govt declares relief package for martyrs' kin

People pay homage to soldiers killed in attack at Pulwama in Jaipur on Friday. (DH Photo)

The Congress government in Rajasthan has announced that a public place such as schools, a government hospital, health centre, park, panchayat building or road will be named after the CRPF jawans from the state who attained martyrdom during an attack in Pulwama on Thursday.

State Soldiers' Welfare Minister Pratap Singh Khachriyawas announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh and 25 bigha land or Rs 1 lakh and a house for medium income group or Rs 25 lakh cash for wife of the martyrs. A sum of Rs 3 lakh will be deposited in the name of the parents of the deceased jawans in a bank account under monthly income scheme. Free education for their children in government schools, colleges, technical and medical colleges have also been assured. The list of announcements also includes government job, free electricity connection and free travel in government buses. 

5 from Raj

At least five of the 49 CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the terror attack in Pulwama, belong to Rajasthan.

The five jawans who attained martyrdom have been identified as Rohitash Lamba, a resident of Shahpura in Jaipur, Bhagirath Singh of  Rajakhera in Dholpur, Narayan Lal Gurjar of Rajsamand, Jeet Ram Gurjar of Bharatpur and Hemraj Meena from Kota.

The families of all five jawans along with the villagers await the dead bodies of the martyrs. The tragic news spread grief across Rajasthan. Many markets observed a shutdown. 
Grieving families

The youngest of the five jawans is Rohitash Lamba (27), who had joined the CRPF two years ago. Rohitash got married one year ago and had come to meet his family in Shahpura, 50 km from Jaipur. He is survived by his wife and a two-month-old son.

Bhagirath Singh joined CRPF six years ago and is survived by a one-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son. Hemraj Meena had been in service for the last 18 years and is survived by four children (two daughters and two sons).

Martyr Narayan Lal Gurjar of Rajsamand is survived by his four-year-old son and wife.

Hemraj's death brought tears to the villagers at his native place in Kota. His brother Ramvilas Meena told DH, "We received a call at around 10 pm on Thursday from CRPF Jammu camp about the incident. Since then we are in tears".

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, in response to the attack tweeted, "My humble salute to #Rajasthan’s Bravehearts... who made the supreme sacrifice in #PulwamaTerrorAttack. We all stand with their families in this moment of grief n pray that God gives them strength to bear this loss."