Terrorism-hit await pension

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AmritsarPosted at: Oct 10, 2017, 1:00 AM; last updated: Oct 10, 2017, 1:00 AM (IST)Find it difficult to make both ends meet before Diwali

Relief sought for victims

  • The All-India Terrorist Victims’ Association claims that as many as 1,500 victims, including those who migrated to cities from rural areas, were still homeless and struggling for existence. Due to the delay in the release of their pension, which amounts to Rs 5,000 per month, they are on the edge. Association president Dr BR Hastir sought a relief of Rs five lakh each for around 50,000 families who lost their kin to terrorism.

Neeraj Bagga

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 9


The delay in the release of pension to terrorism-hit families before Diwali has upset their kitchen budget.
Many are finding it difficult to meet their expenses. Some of the families have not received their pension for the past five months.
Rani, a beneficiary and resident of Sultanwind Road, expressed her anguish at the government as she had to make rounds of government offices to get her pension released.
Rani, who lives with her brother, said at times, she had no money for her personal expenses. Her husband Major Singh, an SPO, was killed in 1991.
The plight of Shakuntala Devi, a resident of the Bagh Ramanand area where she is living in a rented accommodation with her daughter-in-law, was worse. She was making both ends meet by doing odd jobs.
The All-India Terrorist Victims’ Association claims that as many as 1,500 victims, including those who migrated tso cities from rural areas, were still homeless and struggling for existence. Due to the delay in the release of their pension, which amounts to Rs 5,000 per month, they are on the edge.
Association president Dr BR Hastir sought a relief of Rs five lakh each for around 50,000 families, who lost their kin to terrorism.
“Of the 50,000 families, 32,514 are registered with the state government. During the days of terrorism in Punjab, many families were forced to migrate to urban areas as well as other states after selling their expensive properties at throwaway prices,” he said.
Veteran BJP leader Lakshmi Kanta Chawla requested the state government to release the pension of the victims on priority as most of them rely on it to run their kitchen.

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