Mumbai: Union Petroleum Minister Murli
Deora said he has fast-tracked the process of awarding petrol
pump dealerships to families of six security personnel killed
in the 26/11 terror strikes.
The government expects to overcome procedural
bottlenecks such as acquiring of land and obtaining
environmental clearances soon, the Petroleum Minister said.
"I spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan
and he has already cleared the file regarding land issues.
There are some clearances pending from the Ministry of
Environment and Forests, which the state government is looking
into," Deora said here.
Deora said he expects to hand over a Mahanagar Gas CNG
station each to the widows of encounter specialist Vijay
Salaskar and constable Tukaram Ombale by next month-end.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram last week awarded
petrol pumps and domestic LPG dealerships to dependents of
five policemen who were killed in the line of duty, keeping
with the government`s commitment to give them financial aid.
While families of four policemen were already allotted
petrol pumps early this year, eight more, including Smita
Salaskar, wife of Vijay Salaskar, have been waiting since.
"(UPA chairperson) Sonia Gandhi personally called to
tell me that we must do everything possible to help families
of the 18 martyrs. We are making every effort to ensure that
they are looked after well," he said.