18 Years After Soldier's Death In J&K, Haryana Panchayat Gifts Widow Plot

| February 18 , 2018 , 12:17 IST

Nearly 18 years after a soldier was killed during anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir, his village Bijopur panchayat is set to gift his widow a 200 square-yard residential plot in Faridabad, the proposal of which was approved by the Haryana Cabinet on Saturday.

"The Cabinet approved a proposal of Gram Panchayat, Bijopur in Block Ballabhgarh, district Faridabad, to gift 200 square yards residential plot to Mamuna, widow of martyr Mohammed Sadik, who died in 'Operation Rakshak Jammu and Kashmir-2000'," a state government spokesman said.

Haryana Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Kumar Bedi said that the martyr’s wife, Mamuna, had approached the village panchayat seeking land for a house.

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The land was granted to Mamuna under the Rule 13 of the Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Rules 1964 gives Gram Panchayat the right, with prior approval to State Government, to gift ‘shamilat deh’ (common land) vested in it.

According to the Rule 13, Gram Panchayat can gift land under it “for residential purposes up to the extent of 200 square yards, to the members of defence forces and paramilitary forces seriously injured and rendered handicapped or to the dependent families of such members killed, in any war or counter insurgency operation during their service, not having sufficient residential accommodation.”

Previously, in Mach 2016, the Haryana Cabinet had granted 200 square yards to Memwati, the widow of Shaheed Naik Raghuvir Singh who was also killed in ‘Operation Rakshak in Jammu and Kashmir—2000’.