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Finally,some relief seems to be coming for the family of Late Major Navneet Vats with help being offered from different quarters for the ailing mother and differently abled brother of the martyr. In 2003,Major Navneet Vats lost his life fighting terrorists in Srinagar.
After a Newsline report about the family on September 17,Santosh Chowdhary,Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare,Government of India,offered to extend all possible help to the family.
Talking to Newsline she said,It is really sad that the family of a martyr has to struggle in such a way. I am deeply moved to hear about the family. I will ensure that all possible help is provided to the them. The minister further assured that she would be writing to all the concerned authorities who can provide help to the family.
A decade has passed since Neeraj and Vichitra Veena Vats lost their elder son Major Navneet. Neeraj Vats,died on July 27 this year fighting against weekly dialysis and old age. Now in her late 70s with acute depression,Vichitra Vats is left to feed her 28-year-old differently abled son,Nimish,without any support.
Another person who has offered some help to the struggling family is Colonel (retired) Rajinder Singh who runs an old age home in Mullanpur,Chandigarh. He runs a small old age home named Akal Old Age Home in complex of Gurudwara Ratwara Sahib in Mullanpur. Around 30 people live there.
We have full time nurses to look after the elderly. It is a family owned trust that runs the old age home and we dont charge a penny. The mother and son can stay with us and we will be more than happy to support them, said Singh.
Amidst the help being offered,Anshu Arora,a friend of Late Major Navneet Vats is still relying upon the Army and is waiting a reply. She had written to senior army officials asking for a room to be allotted for the mother and sn duo in
RR Hospital Delhi.
It is heartening to see that people care about martyrs. An old age home has come forward to help the family,but in the long run I can only trust the Army to provide empathetic care to Nimesh and his mother. They are victims of neglect,ill-health and destitution. I am hopeful of some relief for the family, said Arora.
Arora has also demanded for the creation of an organisation to take care of the differently abled dependents of Army personnel. This would ensure that the helpless siblings of the Martyrs live with dignity.
Nimeshs case is just an example out of the many such pitiable,unreported and pending cases across the country where ailing parents,young children and deserted siblings seek compassion, she said,adding,that a blog (www.pleaforjustice.blogspot.com) has been created in support of the family.