Hooda announces welfare schemes for martyrs' families

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Chandigarh, Oct 4 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced a number of welfare schemes for the families of martyrs, including increase in the monthly pension of war widows and increase in financial assistance given on the marriage of their daughters.

The monthly pension of war widows has now been increased from Rs 600 to Rs 1000 and the financial assistance given on the marriage of martyrs' daughters to 21000 and daughters of the widows of ex-servicemen to Rs 11000.

Other announcements included increase in the monthly pension of the widows of martyrs of Second World War from Rs 1000 to Rs 1500.

These announcements were made by Member of Parliament Deepender Singh Hooda on behalf of the Chief Minister while addressing the war widows and the members of families of the soldiers during the "Vir Nari" Sammelan organised by Army Wives Welfare Association at Meham today.

Mr Deepender Singh Hooda said these schemes would cover all the war widows whose husbands had attained martyrdom in any war or while discharging his duties in any of the forces.

Mr Deepender Hooda said that these new scheme had been launched to honour the soldiers and their families.

The State Government had also decided to name the schools and approach roads of the state after the name of martyrs to infuse the spirit of patriotism in the children.

The government had issued directions to settle such cases of naming the schools and approach roads of the state in the name of martyrs on priority basis.

Chairperson of Army Wives Welfare Association Kirti Kapoor, chairperson of Haryana Child Welfare Council and wife of Chief Minister Asha Hooda and Mr Deepender Hooda gave cheques to 35 war widows as financial assistance from Association.

As many as 1600 war widows were given sewing machines by Mr Hooda and a shawl each by Ms Asha Hooda. Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Hooda said that no sacrifice was greater than the sacrifice made by the martyrs for their nation and it was the moral duty of the society to take care of their families.

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