Pak shelling victim getting treatment from donations

Excelsior Correspondent
page5-2JAMMU, Jan 19: It may sound strange but it’s a fact that tall claims of the Central and State Governments to provide free treatment to the persons injured in Pakistan shelling and firing have turned out to be hollow and one such victim from village Sei Khurd in RS Pura tehsil had spent nearly Rs 6 lakh, raised from donations and other resources like selling own valuables, so far but remained handicapped with his one leg not able to work.
Bhola Ram, 52, son of Karam Chand, a resident of village Sei Khurd was injured in Pakistan shelling on August 28, 2015 when his wife and brother Subash Chander’s wife had died while many other family members were injured.
Bhola Ram told the Excelsior from a private hospital in Amritsar, where he was undergoing treatment, that he had so far spent nearly Rs 6 lakh to treat his leg but the Government has paid him only Rs 5000 in addition to Rs 1 lakh for his wife’s death.
“I, as an injured, has received only Rs 5,000 for treatment. My neighbours and other people donated some money while I managed some cash by selling valuables for the treatment,” he said, adding the Government’s claim that the injured would be provided with free treatment has remained a mere slogan.
Bhola Ram, who has almost turned handicapped, said he has sold majority of his goods to save his leg but the Government didn’t bother to pay him even a single penny after meager amount of Rs 5000, which was given to him during his admission in the Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu.

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