Recommendation of the Request for providing economic and social assistance to the Families/dependents of our martyrs to the Government of India has been raised by Sh. Vijay Kumar Sangwan, President Voice of Martrys Welfare Association in January 2015. The team from NGO visited Meerut on 2nd January 2015 and came to know about the problems these families are facing currently.
Below is the letter to Honorable President of India from Sh. Vijay Kumar Sangwan:
Please refer to the copy of letter no. VOM/140-176/14 dated 09.05.2014, VOM/104/14 dated 5.05.2014 addressed to his Excellency, the President of India , with a copy of the letter to the hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Hon’ble Defence Minister of India and to the Chief of Army, his Excellency, the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. The Chief Ministers of the States of our country have also been requested to consider the Justifiable demands of the Martyrs Family and to provide financial assistance to the affected families and their dependents. It was also requested to forward the memorandum to the Central Govt. after recommendation for further action for considering their demands by the central Govt. to address the genuine grievances of these Families.
Sir, it would be a great injustice to those brave hearts who forsake the comforts of sweet home to safe guard the interest of our country and protect its boundaries fighting tooth and nail till the last drop of their blood isn’t oozed out. They guard the country in the snow covered peaks of Pir Panjal freezing in a temperature below zero degree Celsius or on the Barmer-Jaisalmer border where it is scorching heat of 50 degree Celsius. We must appreciate the deep down dedication and patriotism of our courageous soldiers who perform their duties despite all odds, inclement weather to check infiltration, to fight extremism, to push back the blatant hacks from the neighboring armies. What excesses and adventurism our soldiers haven’t faced from the enemies to keep the unity and integrity of our country so that we live in peace and comfort?
Sir, we may recall that since independence, our defence forces have fought wars of 1962, 1965, 1971 and 1999. Besides, Indian forces were also assigned the duties as peace keeping force in Sri Lanka and Sudan. A number of our brave soldiers sacrificed their lives fighting for the cause of our country and for the sake of humanity. It is indeed appreciable that our Govt. took many steps to safe guard the interests of Martyr’s Families and their dependents. But the true picture of the families of Martyrs affected in the 1962, 1965 and 1971 is quite sad and dark. Only a paltry financial help of Rs.1000/- in the form of Bonds was given to such martyrs family after a year. These are the same families who couldn’t see even the face of their sons for the last time or could perform their last rites. It can be well understood that at that time country’s economic condition may not be good, but now the economic scenario has changed altogether.
It is pertinent to mention that barring few families, most of the families of martyrs who fought in 1962, 1965, 1971 wars are living in deplorable and pathetic conditions as they didn’t get Central Govt. and State Govt.’s attention or from such agencies who were meant to watch the interests of affected Families be it owing to for lack of literacy, awareness or communication gap.
Sir, we can imagine the plight of such families, their parents, young widows, mothers who lost their valiant sons at their prime age. The dependent children of such martyrs do not have proper means to sustain and survive. How difficult it would have been for these families to spend life without their beloved ones is beyond imagination. Are their tears not sufficient to shake us from the long slumber?
Sir, we are a big Nation, world’s largest democracy and quite proud of our brave and devoted defence forces. We earnestly feel that our centre Govt. and state Govt.’s should look into the valid and deserving cases of our Martyrs Family pertaining to the wars of 1962, 1965, 1971 sympathetically on top priority so that their dependents can lead respectable life. This would indeed be an apt and befitting homage to the Martyrs.
It is also requested that the Govt. considers the following issues of the families of the Martyrs for their welfare
1. Payment of Rs.1 Cr. As immediate financial relief to the Martyrs Family.
2. On par, with the amount given to sports persons, a relief of Rs.2 Cr. To Rs.5 Cr. be
given to the families on the martyrdom of soldier and employment to one person from the family on the basis of qualification without any test or interview.
3. Reservation in Lok Sabha / Rajya Sabha seats and Vidhan Sabha Seats at par with other
In the end, we would like to request your kind Honour to forward this case with your valued recommendation to the Govt. of India and his Excellency, the President of India for favourable action. Your pursuance and kind efforts can bring happiness to the lives of several martyrs Family who couldn’t get timely support from the respective governments although they deserved the most. Thanking You!