AICC seeks list of persons who died of shock after YSR death

Last Updated: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 23:28

Hyderabad: The AICC on Monday directed the Andhra Pradesh Congress to finalise the list of persons who died following the death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy last year for providing financial assistance.

Accordingly, the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) would send a list of the persons, who died of shock after the then Chief Minister was killed in a helicopter
crash, to the District Congress Committees (DCC), APCC General Secretary R Ananda Bhaskar said.
The DCC President, the Minister in-charge of the district, party MLAs and MPs from the district would verify the beneficiaries and make additions, if necessary. They will send the list back to the PCC and the names will be finalised in a meeting to be attended by Chief Minister K Rosaiah and state Congress President D Srinivas.

The list would be forwarded to the AICC which will release cheques to be given to the kin of the deceased, he said. The guidelines issued by the AICC are likely to be released formally on September 30 when a meeting of the DCC Presidents, City Congress residents and in-charge Presidents will be held here.

The AICC`s announcement of financial assistance came against the backdrop of Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy`s controversial `Odarpu (consolation) yatra`. Tribunal comes to the aid of missing soldier`s widow New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Slamming the Army for not taking care of the family of a soldier who has been missing for the last 22 years, the Armed Forces Tribunal on Monday asked it to grant pension to the wife of the jawan after holding an inquiry to ascertain whether he was dead.
In her petition, the missing soldier`s wife Koyal Devi had urged the Tribunal to ask the Army to hold a fresh Court of Inquiry (CoI) for considering the status of her husband and
decide on her appeal for getting family pension and gratuity.

In its reply, the Army said the jawan was declared a deserter and as per Army rules, a CoI was held after completion of period of more than 10 years from the date of desertion, in which he was dismissed from service. In its reply, it had added that since Koyal Devi`s
husband was declared a deserter, his family was not entitled to any pension.

After hearing both sides, the Bench headed by Justice A K Mathur said the jawan has not been `heard alive` since he was missing and the Army should have normally held a court of inquiry to ascertain whether he was alive or not.

"When she has been making repeated requests, the Army should have taken a sympathetic attitude and they should have held another court of inquiry and obtained necessary information from the police station," he added.

The Tribunal said that though the Army has already sent a letter to police officials to ascertain the status of Koyal Devi’s husband, it didn`t pursue the matter further.
"We regret to say that no steps have been taken for welfare of the deceased soldier`s family and that does not speak high of the respondents," Justice Mathur observed. Directing the Army to make an enquiry from the police about the soldier`s present status, the Bench said if he is not alive, then the family pension should be released to Koyal
Devi with effect from her first representation to the Army that was rejected in July 1992.

"She will be entitled to all the arrears with interest 12 per cent and the whole inquiry should be completed within three months," it added.

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 23:28

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