The Army has finally stepped in to meet the needs of a martyrs family after Newsline published a report on September 17 about the family of Late Major Navneet Vats,who lost his life fighting terrorists in Srinagar in 2003.
A senior ranking army officer of Western Command visited the family and discussed the options with Vichitra Veena Vats,mother of the late Major. She had lost her husband two months back. Her life now revolves around her 28-year-old differently-abled son,Nimesh. Now in her late 70s with acute depression she is worried about the well being and safety of her son.
A senior army officer has visited me and discussed our requirements. I told him that all I want is that there should be someone to take care of Nimesh when I am dead, said Veena. She added,He told me that it will take some time as some issues need to be resolved. I said I will wait and if help comes before my death,I can die in peace without worrying about Nimesh.
Help is now pouring in from different quarters. Friends of the late Major are also putting in efforts to help the family. A domestic help has been organised by a friend for the Vats. Union Minister of State for Health and Family welfare,Santosh Chaudhary has also promised to offer help while an old age home had also come forward to support the cause.
A proposal has been made to shift the mother and son in a home with the officer-in-charge acting as their local guardian. And there is further discussion on monetary compensation, said Anshu Arora,an old friend of the late Major.
I made a personal visit to the family and discussed all the options that are available with the mother. We are working out the modalities to meet the requirements of the family. There well being and safety is of utmost important to us, said a senior ranking army officer of Western Command.
Four options have been discussed with me to rehabilitate the family. It includes Cheshire Homes,Chandigarh,Chandimandir-based Asha school,Akal old age home in Mullanpur,Chandigarh,and a home in Sector 21, said Anshu Arora.
According to sources,the officer personally visited all these places to ascertain the best suited option for the family.
Army is not limiting their efforts in helping the Vats family. A proposal dedicating a wing to differently-abled people in the upcoming old age home in Panchkula is also being discussed with higher authorities.