Jammu, February 23 (Scoop News) – Jammu and Kashmir Police organized a mega Samelan of Next of Kins (NOKs) of police martyrs at Police Auditorium here today. Chaired by the Director General of Police (DGP), Mr. Kuldeep Khoda, more than 300 NOKs from varied districts of Jammu Province, besides a large number of senior police officers attended the day long Samelan.
Addressing the families, Mr. Khoda reiterated that the martyrs have made supreme sacrifices at the prime of their youth for the cause of integrity of the state and safety of the common people. The sacrifices of these martyrs have yielded fruits in the shape of peace and the people are witnessing a secure and fearless atmosphere in the state. He said that the NOKs are members of police parivar and the organization is committed to provide succor to the families of martyrs. The department has taken various schemes to assist the families of martyrs through Police Welfare Fund for which various steps have been taken to generate sources for the fund. The organization has been considering various welfare schemes at its own level to provide assistance to the martyr’s children, he added.
The DGP disclosed that the need to organize the Samelan at the provincial levels has been felt since long and it had become necessary to interact with the families of the martyrs to know their problems and to solve them. He said that in the first phase, the Samelan has been organized here today and such interactions have been made mandatory at police station and district level after intervals. The drawing and disbursing officers of all establishments have been asked to address the problems of these families on priority and status reports of each case should be shared with higher offices periodically.
Mr. Khoda said that financial assistance is being provided to the martyr’s families by police parivar, in addition to the relief provided by the government. During the year 2011, more than Rs. 2 crores have been provided to the families in the shape of relief and assistance. The department has also taken up the issue with the government to relax the time bar for benefiting more NOKs by providing compassionate appointments. Besides other measures, the organization is focusing on education of the wards of martyrs and scholarships are being provided to the school going children regularly. Free education and hostel facilities are provided to these children at Srinagar and Jammu also. The organization has this year started free coaching for the wads of martyrs, appearing in competitive examination making them able to expiate their talent, he added.
On the occasion, the DGP announced some more welfare schemes are being considered to enhance the financial assistance to the martyrs families for which the final decisions are expected to be taken in Central Police Welfare Fund meeting being held here shortly. He said that today’s interaction with the NOKs and their suggestions would also be kept in mind while framing future welfare schemes. The scope of assistance under Savera Scheme would be enlarged besides upgrading the standard of scholarships to the wards and financial assistance at the time of marriage of martyr’s daughters, he said.
The DGP disclosed that such interaction is also being conducted at the Srinagar in which NOKs of all martyrs from Kashmir Province would be invited. He said process for the documentation of the information and status of cases of martyrs has been started at the provincial level which is in the final shape. He appreciated the efforts of IGP and his staff for organizing the Samelan in a befitting manner. He also thanked the NOKs, who had come from far-flung areas, for attending the Samelan and giving their valuable suggestions. Gifts were distributed among the NOKs on the occasion. During the day-long Samelan, the NOKs put forth their problems which were discussed by the concerned officers on the spot and assurance given to them for their early settlement.
Earlier, the Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone, Mr. Dilbag Singh, dwelling on the aims to conduct such Samelan, said that for the past some time the organization felt to reach out to the families of martyrs and know their welfare besides getting valuable suggestions from them which could help in finalizing the welfare schemes in future. He said that, the organization is proud of its martyrs and is committed to remain available at all times for their help so that they do not feel themselves alone. He said that initiative has been taken to consolidate all information regarding the welfare of the families which has been documented in the form of book. This would help to get all pending issues settled at all levels up to the satisfaction of NOKs.
Among others, the function was attended by ADsGP, K. Rajindra Kumar, Dr. Ram Lubhaya, Dr. S. P. Vaid, Mr. D. R. Doley and Naveen Aggarwal, IsGP, Mr. Owais Ahmed and Dr. B. Srinivas, DIsGP, Mr. Sunil Kumar Sharma, K.K. Saini, Alok Puri, Garib Dass, Mr. G.A. Dar, . A. K. Atri and Johnny Willian, Chairperson, JKPWWA, Dr. Indu Koul Khoda and lady members, all Jammu based District Superintendents of Police and Commandants of Armed/IRP battalions, SSP Crime, Jammu, AIG Welfare PHQ, Mrs. Nisha Nithayal and other senior police officers.