The Maharashtra government plans to write to President Pranab Mukherjee requesting him to confer gallantry awards on four fire officers who died in the Kalbadevi blaze in May this year.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had last month also decided to confer martyrdom on the four officers who lost their lives — Chief Fire Officer Sunil Nesrikar, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sudhir Amin, Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Sanjay Rane and Byculla Station Officer Mahendra Desai.
Speaking in the state Legislative Council during the Question Hour, State Urban Development Minister Ranjit Patil said, “We will write to the President about awarding a ‘shaurya padak’ to the four deceased fire officers. The BMC has also decided to bear all educational expenses of their children, right till their higher education.”
In May, Gokul Niwas, a 60-year-old building in Kalbadevi caught fire.
Desai and Rane died on the day of the fire, while Amin and Nesrikar suffered considerable burns and succumbed a few days later.
Replying to a question raised by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Kiran Pawaskar, Patil said that the families of the deceased officers had also requested for employment and a house under the chief minister’s quota.
“The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to send the state urban development department a proposal about houses under the chief minister’s quota. Once we receive the proposal we will take appropriate action in that regard,” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister said.
Families of two of the deceased officers have already been granted jobs in the BMC, while the civic body has been unable to grant employment to the other two families due to their personal reasons, the minister said in a written reply to the council.
They would be granted employment at an appropriate time as per their demand, he added.