Centre blocking award to martyrs’ kin: Delhi CM | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday blamed the Centre for “blocking” the AAP government’s Rs 1-crore ex gratia scheme for the dependants of the martyrs “for years”, though the Delhi government had proposed it soon after coming to power in 2015.

Kejriwal urged Prime Minister Modi to announce a compensation of Rs 5-crore to honour the supreme sacrifice of all martyrs.

“Delhi’s scheme was rejected by the Centre. For the martyrs’ families, we fought a battle in the court. Centre has been obstructing all our work for the last four years. I request PM Modi with folded hands not to do politics on the sacrifice of the martyrs,” Kejriwal said at an event organised by Delhi Fire Service Employees Welfare Association to felicitate the CM for the scheme. “When a firefighter jumps into the fire to save somebody, he does not bother whether the person belongs to BJP, Congress or AAP. He just does his duty,” Kejriwal added.

Last October, AAP government cleared the names of 14 martyrs from the Army, Delhi Police, DFS and other forces and announced that their families would receive Rs 1 crore each. The CM himself had also started distributing the cheques in different functions.

“I felt sad that the kin of the five martyrs of Delhi Fire Service had to run from pillar to post for ex gratia for two and a half years. This happened only because of the central government. We have given Rs 1 crore to each family,” Kejriwal said, adding that they should get the money within 15 days.

While a cricketer gets crores for a big achievement, nobody bothers about the dependants of martyrs. “The martyrs’ family members should feel that the government and the society are with them and they are not alone,” he added.

The CM also promised state-of-the-art equipment for DFS.



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