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India letting down families of policemen killed in anti-insurgency operations: here’s why

Contrary to the claims of the right wing Narendra Modi government, the families of Jammu and Kashmir policemen who were killed in anti-militancy operations in the disputed region on Tuesday accused the administration of being indifferent to them, and “letting them down”. 

Reports said scores of wards of slain policemen in Jammu took out a march against government’s failure to grant them jobs as per the policy.

The Statutory Regulatory Order or SRO 43 guarantees compassionate employment to a kin of militancy victims in Jammu and Kashmir.

Scores of protesters took out a rally and raised slogans against Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, accusing him of failing to approve the files necessary for the grant of government jobs to the wards of deceased police personnel.

Led by Gangan Singh, whose father had died during an anti-insurgency operation, the protesters alleged that the chief secretary has not given approval to even a single file in three years despite assurances by a governor and two lieutenant governors.

“From the Director General of Police to the home secretary and the General Administrative Department, all have approved the cases of our SRO-43 appointments but it is lying with the chief secretary for the last three years”, Singh claimed.

The Modi government has repeatedly claimed that it has taken several measures to help the families of those slain while fighting pro-freedom insurgents in the Himalayan region. In fact the betterment of the former and families of slain security personnel has been a major poll plank of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party which has repeatedly accused the Indian opposition of ignoring them.

Singh also claimed that he and many others like him had met former governor Satya Pal Malik and the then LG G C Murmu, who assured them of facilitating the issuance of orders but nothing was done because the chief secretary did not approve it. “Five months of the current LG have passed, but nothing have been done,” he said.

The protesters said that they met the DGP, home secretary and the commissioner of General Administration Department, who told them that they had forwarded the cases to the chief secretary for approval.

Singh said they “have been let down by the administration”.

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