Aligarh: Although the government was magnanimous in showering the families of the Kargil martyrs with honour and economic assistance, it has adopted a step-motherly treatment for the kins of those who sacrificed their lives for the motherland in the 1965 war against China and Pakistan in 1971.

It is all the more pitiable as the government took several years to provide any assistance to the families of 1965 and 1971 war martyrs. Uttar Pradesh government under Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has decided to pay a paltry sum of Rs 50,000 to the families. The grant will be paid to the kins before April 15 through cheques.

Seven brave soldiers from Aligarh Nawab Singh, Chhote Singh, Hari Singh, signalmen Baburam, Fateh Singh, Nayak Rajendra Singh were martyred in the war against China and Pakistan. After lengthy and tedious paperwork by the families of these martyrs, the government finally decided to pay the grant to their widows.
The Sainik Welfare and Resettlement Directorate has instructed the officials to distribute the amount to the families by April 15. In compliance with the order, Accounts Officer Sushma Rani has issued a sum of Rs 3.5 lakh for the affected families.

The widows waited for several decades to draw government’s attention towards their plight.