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Dy CM meets victims of border shelling

Srinagar: Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today met the families of BSF martyr Gurnam Singh and victims of the border shelling and said their sacrifices will go into the annals of history.

He was interacting with the family members of those who lost their lives in the recent border firing in the villages of Bhallesar, Ratna and Salamachek in RS Pura sector of Jammu.

While interacting with the family of the Gurnam who attained martyrdom in the border firing at Bobia post in Hiranagar sector, the Deputy CM said the sacrifices rendered by the martyrs will be remembered for times to come as they have sacrificed their lives for upholding the unity and integrity of the nation.

He assured the martyr’s family that the government would provide all the necessary support to them including the provision of job to the next of the kin besides ensuring that the ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh (from the Centre) and Rs 1 lakh from the state government is provided to them at the earliest.

He also directed the officers for taking the necessary steps for renaming the Chowk at Ratnachek as ‘Shaheed Gurnam Singh Chowk’.

While interacting with the family members of the four-year-old Rishabh, at Salamachek, who died after sustaining injuries due to the border firing in Ramgarh sector near Vijapur, Singh assured the child’s family of all possible support from the government.

He said the government would provide the central and state ex-gratia relief to them as early as possible.

The Minister for Irrigation and PHE Sham Chaudhary, MLA RS Pura Gagan Bhagat, DC Jammu Simrandeep Singh and other senior officers of the administration, prominent citizens and local politicians accompanied the Deputy Chief Minister.