Soldier’s family left high and dry

Shattered: Parents of Narasaiah

Shattered: Parents of Narasaiah  

P. Ram Mohan

CHITTAPUR (NIZAMABAD DT.): This is a testimony to the callousness of the government in extending financial and moral support to a family of a soldier who laid down his life for the protection of the borders of the country in the turbulent State of Jammu & Kashmir.

Even after five months of the death of Yerram Narasaiah (22), a gunner in the 40th Artillery Regiment of Kashmir, no official from the State or Central governments or the Indian Army has bothered to find out about the well-being of the family.

Assistance promised

During the cremation held in this tiny native village of Narasaiah in Balkonda mandal, the officials who attended the last rites from the government’s side and the Indian Army promised that all assistance due to be given to the bereaved family of a solider would come to Narasaiah’s family from the government. However, except an amount of Rs.24,472 from Topkhana Abhilekh, Artillery Records, Nasik, the family has not received anything so far.

Narasaiah joined the Army in June, 2006, after the completion of junior Intermediate and was killed along with two others when the helicopter carrying them from the border to the Military Hospital crashed in Ladakh on August 15 last. His body was brought on August 16 and cremated with full military honours the next day.

“We used to be happy as our younger son used to send some money for our monthly expenditure. After his death our life has been shattered. ,” laments Narayana. “ We have not been given any assistance or provided any facility which a soldier or his family normally gets after his retirement or death,” says Srinivas. “Last week when I met the Assembly Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy he said all assistance would come in 20 days. We are living in the hope of that,” said Kalavathi, fighting back her tears.

However, the APCC president D. Srinivas arranged from his personal account an amount of Rs.25,000 on the occasion of his 60th birthday celebrations to the soldier’s family.

Another philanthropist, N. Ravinder, handed over Rs.10,000 as assistance.

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