Kolkata: In West Bengal, the families of those who die from consuming homemade liquor are given Rs 2 lakh. This is the amount that the family Uri attack martyr Gangadhar Dolui has been promised by the Bengal government.
“We are not going to accept the Rs 2 lakh compensation and the job of a home guard that the chief minister has offered”, the martyr’s father Onkarnath Dolui said.
Instead, Onkarnath borrowed Rs 10,000 from his neighbours to perform the last rites. “The compensation amounts to sheer humiliation. The government has offered us Rs 2 lakh, the amount that it offers to the families of persons who die after consuming hooch. We will reject the money as well as the offer for a home guard’s job that will be offered to my younger son,” Dolui told Hindustan Times.
TMC leader and Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet member Arup Roy was unable to defend the compensation: “I don’t decide on compensation amount. But you see, the government is also offering the family a job.”
The “job” is even less secure than a daily wages labourer, and doesn’t pay that well either – Rs. 375 per day, and being “laid off” after 90 days of duty.
Before his son joined the army, Onkar in fact was a daily wages labourer, and used to earn a menial Rs. 170 Rupees per day. With his recurrent hernia condition, and blindness in one eye, he might not even be able to toil in construction.
The families of the martyrs have received pledges of Rs 41 lakhs from the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Jharkhand, as well as facilities.