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Touching gestures by leaders mark Army Day

January 15, 2006 20:46 IST

In a touching gesture, Prime Minister Manmohan Singhasked Army authorities on Sundayto waive formalities to enablethe sister of an Army martyr to get the pensionary dues of her brother killed in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Dr Singh made the gesture as an unemployedYashi Choten, sister of the late Sepoy Ngawang Tenzing of 15 Assam Regiment, narrated her financial woes to him duringa reception hosted by the Army Chief Gen JJ Singh at Army House on occasion of the Army Day.

As per therules, unmarried Tenzing's pensionary and gallantry benefits would have been retained by the Army as only his parents, both of whom are no more, would have been entitled to them.

Dr Singh gave immediate instructions to Army authorities to see ifa waiver could be made as a special case and benefits given to Choten, who has no means of livelihood.

President A P J Abdul Kalam, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, also directed the authorities to explore avenues to allocate the wife of lateMajor Lalit Kumar of the Mahar Regiment, who also died during anti-terrorism actions in J&K, a teaching job in Haryana.

Both the soldiers were among five armed forces personnel who were awarded the Sena Medal for exceptional gallantry in daring exploits against militants in J&K.

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Very thoughtful gestures by our leaders.

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