THE PUNJAB government would provide jobs to kin of the three victims of grenade attack at a Nirankari congregation in Raja Sansi Monday, Punjab’s Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Tuesday.
While handing over appointment letters of appointment to kin of five firefighters, who died while controlling a fire in a chemical unit in Ludhiana a year ago Tuesday, on November 20, Sidhu announced the government decision.
He said his department would be absorbing the kin of the victims on compassionate grounds. He said after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s announcement of absorbing the victims of Amritsar train tragedy, his Local Bodies department was in the process of identifying and providing jobs to those people.
He said out of kin of 61, who died in the train tragedy, seven were not in a position to work. “They had lost their sons and were too old to work. I am providing each one of them Rs 8,000 per month from my salary. Hence, I will be paying them Rs 56,000 from my own pocket every month. I will continue to do so as long as I am alive. This is my third promise to my people after having fulfilled the one about shifting base to Amritsar and then setting up a house in the city,” he told media.
He said they had prepared a list of those who could work and found that two of the kin were highly qualified and several were under-matric, “We will provide jobs worth Rs 15,000 to those who are qualified and we are also making avenues for those who are under-matric. The minimum qualification criterion is to be met,” he said.
He went on to add that out of nine fire fighters, who lost their lives in Ludhiana, five were appointed on Tuesday. The rest four were still studying. “We will wait for them to fulfill the eligibility criterion,” he said.