Haryana CM Manohar Lal announced a Shaurya Award

Jan 16, 2019 21:15 | Haryana

Chandigarh, January 16 – 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. Under this award, a 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.

            The Chief Minister was addressing the family members of Haryana Police martyrs at National Police Memorial in 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. A Guard of Honour with 116 police personnel was also organised which was led by ASP Ajit Singh Sekhawat.

            On the request of Director General of Police (DGP) Mr B.S. Sandhu, 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 ‘Martys 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 sacrifices of police personnel who laid down their lives for internal security in the country. He said that this National Police Memorial was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, on October 21 last year on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day, who 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 lac 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. The Chief Minister  listed various welfare measures taken for the police personnel in Haryana and said that a financial assistance Rs 550 crore was provided through HUDCO for construction of houses for police personnel. With this, 3060 houses were being constructed for police personnel in various districts. In addition, provision of additional funds of Rs 1050 crore had also been made for construction of more houses for cops. Matching grant being given by the government for welfare of police personnel has also been increased from Rs 4 crore to Rs 6 crore per annum. Ration money given to police personnel has also been increased from Rs 600 to Rs 1000 per month and arrangement of crèche facility for care of babies and young children of women police personnel and facility of changing room for them wherever required has also been made.

Speaking on this occasion, Director General of Police (DGP), Mr B.S. Sandhu briefed about the National Police Memorial, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi on October 21, 2018.

Saluting the Haryana Police martyrs, Mr Sandhu said that all associated with this Memorial would inspire the youth and inform them about the bravery of our police personnel. He also recalled the supreme sacrifices of brave police personnel who laid down their lives for maintaining peace and law and order in the State. Listing the facilities given to dependents of police martyrs, he said that free education up to XII standards is imparted to the wards of the deceased employees in DAV Police Public Schools.

Chief Secretary, Mr D.S. Dhesi, DG Headquarters Mr K.K. Mishra, DG Home Guards Mr B.K. Sinha, DG Crime Mr P. K. Agrawal, ADGP Operations Mr A.S. Chawla, ADGP CID Mr Anil Kumar Rao, ADGP Mr Shrikant Jadhav, IGP Mr Hanif Qureshi, IGP Modernization Mr H.S. Doon, CP Gurugram Mr K.K. Rao, CP Faridabad Mr Sanjay Kumar, IG Traffic Mrs Rajshree, MLA Mr Tej Pal Tanwar, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr Amit Arya, other senior police officers and jawan and family members of martyrs were also present on this occasion.