Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao announced Rs 5 crore to the family of Colonel Santosh Babu in honour of his bravery while fighting the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley. The State government will also provide a residential plot and Group-1 job to the Army officer’s wife Santoshi.

The Chief Minister will soon visit the family members of Colonel Santosh Babu and present the cheque on behalf of the State government. The government also announced Rs 10 lakh each to the 19 soldiers who were martyred in the skirmishes with the Chinese troops. The amount will be handed over to the bereaved families through the Union Defence Ministry.

Announcing this during the All Party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conference, Chandrashekhar Rao said the State government will extend complete support to the family of Colonel Santosh Babu in future. He felt that the entire nation should stand united and extend support to the families of the soldiers who were guarding the borders. “We must display the Symbol of Unity and send a strong signal that the nation is with them and their families. Our actions will instill confidence among the armed forces personnel and their families,” he said.

The Chief Minister said while the Central government will provide the necessary support to the families of the martyrs, the States too should take responsibility and join hands to extend support. He emphasised the need for the States to provide monetary and other support to the bereaved families by reducing their expenditures even during the COVID-19 crisis.

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