Updated: September 26, 2016 10:13:01 pm
A day after Army soldier Pitabas Majhi was cremated in his village, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for his family. The CM also announced monthly pension of Rs 2000 for the next of the kin of the soldier of 34 Rashtriya Rifles, an elite anti-insurgency unit of Army. While Rs 5 lakh was paid out of the Defence and Para-Military Personnel Relief Fund the rest was paid from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Majhi, 30, a gunner with 34 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion since 2008, was admitted to hospital after suffering grievous injuries during a combing operation on September 22 at Uri area of Kashmir. He succumbed to his injuries on Saturday at Army Hospital in Srinagar. He was cremated with full State honours at his village Danajhola in Komna block of Nuapara district.
Majhi was supposed to visit his home on September 25 where his 8-month pregnant wife Bedamati and parents Rudra Singh Majhi and Chadre Majhi were waiting for him along with other siblings. Majhi, who had last come home on August 26 during Rathyatra was the mainstay of the household. He looked after his 5 other brothers and their families with his own income.
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