Gal­wan face-off: Vet­er­ans de­mand re­lease of ben­e­fits to soldiers’ kin

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htregion -

CHANDIGARH: The All In­dia De­fence Brother­hood As­so­ci­a­tion (Re­tired) has pressed the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment to ex­pe­dite the process to re­lease ben­e­fits to the next of kin of soldiers killed in the Gal­wan Val­ley face-off with Chi­nese troops in June this year.

“Non-re­ceipt of bat­tle ca­su­alty cer­tifi­cate ham­pers the dis­burse­ment of ex gra­tia grant and de­clared ben­e­fits to the next of kin of Gal­wan mar­tyrs from Pun­jab, thereby caus­ing anx­i­ety and re­sent­ment among fam­ily mem­bers of the brava­dos who made the supreme sac­ri­fice,” read the state­ment of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Pun­jab chap­ter.

Its pres­i­dent, Brig Kuldip Singh Kahlon (retd), said the state gov­ern­ment has en­hanced the ex gra­tia and the bud­get has also been re­leased, but the bat­tle ca­su­alty cer­tifi­cate is awaited for dis­burse­ment. “We urge the chief min­is­ter to have a video meet­ing with the de­fence min­is­ter to re­solve the is­sue,” he said.

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