First ever state level function to honour police martyrs organised by Haryana

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Sanjay Chaturvedi

New Delhi-16 January: Making a legendary decision for keeping the names of the martyrs in the memories of the people of the state. Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal today announced a ‘Shaurya Award’ in the name of 71 martyrs of State police force who laid down their lives during line of duty while protecting society and maintaining law and order in the state. The special feature of this award is that under this award, prize money of Rs 11,000 in memory of each police martyr would be given to a student for valour deeds every year in the block, in which the school is located where the martyr had studied during his childhood. This would certainly ensure that at least he people of his home town remember the martyr for his courage.

The Chief Minister was addressing the family members of Haryana Police martyrs at National Police Memorial at New Delhi today. He also laid wreath and paid homage to the martyrs at the memorial. Haryana government today organised first ever state level function at the National Police Memorial in New Delhi to honour the families of all 71 policemen who made supreme sacrifice of their lives in various attacks and encounters since formation of Haryana in 1966.

The Chief Minister also announced that a State level Police Memorial recognising the bravery and courage of martyrs of State police force would be constructed in the State. A book titled ‘Martyrs of Haryana police’ highlighting heroic deeds of the martyrs was also released by the Chief Minister.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Manohar Lal saluted the supreme sacrifice of police personnel who laid down their lives for internal security in the country. He said that Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, desired that every State Police should organize a function here to pay tributes to their Police martyrs.

He said that ‘Operation Shriman’ was launched by Haryana Police, to teach it’s officials to discharge their duty in a firm manner while being polite with the public. This will further strengthen their bond with the masses. He also urged the police to adopt technology and innovation in their routine working to make the Haryana Police one of the best police force in the country.

Expressing happiness over the initiative of Haryana Police who were first among states to organize function at the National Police Memorial in Delhi, the Chief Minister said that amount of ex-gratia grant being given to family members of police personnel who die in the line of duty has been enhanced from Rs10 lakh to Rs 30 lakh. Apart from this assistance under government policy, financial aid of Rs 30 lakh is also given under a special agreement of accidental death insurance cover with HDFC bank. So, family of a police martyr gets financial assistance of Rs 60 lacs in total.

He said that in case of encounter death, a provision of job to one of the dependents of police martyr has also been made by the government.

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