JAMMU, July 24: Terming Sunday’s visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Jammu as an eyewash for the families of martyrs, the Aam Aadmi Party has asked Bhartiya Janta Party headed Government to come concrete on its slogan of concern towards martyrs families instead of just attending events.
Addressing this a press conference, here today, AAP leader Major General (Retd) Rajinder Singh Jamwal said that visit of Rajnath Singh in Jammu was an eyewash to the aspirations of the families of martyrs of Army living in Jammu and Kashmir.
“For this event, local BJP leaders went door to door of the martyr families and convinced them with big promises so that there remains healthy participation in the event. However, on ground, the families of Army martyrs are waiting for justice, complete financial support and other promised benefits from the Government,” he alleged.
Major Gen Jamwal further said that much publicised One Rank One Pension promise of Government was still a dream while Government did not even thought for once about hard duties and services of Army personnel before stopping their Dearness Allowance during COVID-19.
AAP leaders also demanded another introspection on Government level towards recently rolled out Agnipath Army recruitment process with fear that this new move of Government will give an unexpected change to Army setup which is elite force whose strengthening is must due to growing risks from China and Pakistan.
Further giving a reference of steps taken by Aam Aadmi Party for the welfare of martyrs families of Army, party leaders in the press conference said that AAP Governments in Punjab and Delhi provide an ex-gratia of one crore rupees to the families of martyrs whereas the States ruled by other parties including BJP are still to take any such step.
Defence Minister’s visit just an eye wash to families of martyrs: AAP