Families of Bengal martyrs get Rs. 2 lakhs, whereas families of dead pilgrims received....Two of the eighteen Army jawans killed in the attack at Uri have been from West Bengal. These two martyrs are Biswajit Ghorai and Gangadhar Dolui. A day after the Nitish Kumar Government of Bihar came under fire for the Rs 5 lakhs compensation it had announced for the Uri martyrs from that state, Mamata Banerjee Government has also been facing criticism for the same reason.
The State Government announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of Gangadhar Dalui and Biswajit Ghorai. Mamata Banerjee also offered one of the family members jobs as home guards. This is much, much lower than the financial compensations announced by other states.
Would it be pertinent to remember the fact that some months ago, the same Mamata Banerjee announced compensation at the rate of Rs. 10 lakh per person in respect of dead pilgrims who went on pilgrimage in a foreign country?
Why this discrimination? Is the value of those pilgrims more than the value of the martyrs?