Punjab to give assistance package to families of Iraq victims

Punjab to give assistance package to families of Iraq victims
Indian Sikh protestors shout slogans near a police barricade during a protest against Congress party leader and former chief minister of Punjab state Captain Amarinder Singh for his recent remarks on the country’s 1984 anti-Sikh riots, in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 21, 2014. Singh in a recent television interview said party leader Jagdish Tytler, one of the accused, had no role in the 1984 riots that killed more than 3,000 Sikhs. Top Congress party leaders have been accused of inciting mobs during the violence that followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

Chandigarh:  Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said that the state government will work out a proper assistance package for families of those from Punjab among the 39 Indians killed by IS in Iraq and till then, they will continue to get a monthly pension.

In his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address to the assembly, the Chief Minister said while the state was waiting for the bodies of those confirmed as dead in Mosul, his government was also working out an adequate assistance package for their families.

He told the house that he had requested the Ministry of External Affairs to announce ex-gratia to their families and his government was awaiting their decision.

The Chief Minister said he was in constant with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her deputy V.K. Singh on the issue to ensure that the coffins containing the mortal remains of the victims are brought back to India with due respect and at the earliest possible.

The Central government had last week admitted in parliament that the 39 Indians missing in Iraq since June 2014, had been killed by the terrorist outfit IS.