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Martyr’s kin wait petrol pump allotment since 2005 to no avail

Monday, July 19, 2010 06:42:03 PM, Staff Reporter

Malegaon: BSF Jawan, Ejaz Ahmed Shah Alam was killed at Kashmir Border on August 12, 2005 while fighting for the country. The government following the military rules had promised to allot either petrol pump or gas agency to recognize his sacrifice. Five years on, his aged parents are knocking at one government office to another only to get fresh assurances and promises in return.


“Ejaz was martyred while on duty at Kashmir border on Friday, August 12, 2005 exactly at 03:15 in the afternoon. Condolence messages poured in from every corners including from local MP and MLA when his body was brought to the town on August 15. Later, the government announced to allot either a petrol pump or a gas agency in recognition to the services of my son for the country”, Mumbai Urdu daily Inquilab quoted BSF Jawan’s father Shah Alam as saying.


Shah Alam was also told that the martyrs, as per norms, are paid up to 5 lacs by the government in the state where BSF jawan is killed, 3 to 7 lacs by the home state and approximately 10 lacs by the central government. But, Shah Alam says, believing the promise from the government he was hopeful of getting the allotment of petrol pump or gas agency, hence he never pursued for these amounts. As a result, he could not get even these funds.


After two years of the government announcement, when Shah Alam did not get any response, he approached Petroleum Minister Murli Deora and his personal assistant in New Delhi several times. Even these meetings failed in yielding results. He is now in Mumbai trying to meet Murli Deora once again, according to the Inquilab.


Incidentally, Shah Alam himself is a retired army-man and had served the country during 1968 to 1992. He also holds several medals and acknowledgments to his credit. Ejaz was his only son and after his death, the family heavily depended on the government promise.


Fed up of wandering from one office to another, Shah Alam now says, if the government is unwilling to keep its promise, it should state this in clear terms.


Meanwhile, Petroleum Minister Murli Deora could not be contacted as he was busy in a meeting whereas his Personal Assistant Sitaraman declined to comment anything on the matter, taking the excuse of not being in the office.




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