Odisha govt to name schools after martyred Odia CRPF jawans
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced to name the schools the martyred Odia CRPF jawans Prasanna K Sahoo and Manoj Kumar Behera had studied after them. Besides, he announced to convert their Panchayats to ‘Smart Panchayats’.
The Chief Minister also announced enhancement of ex-gratia for next of the kin of the jawans . They will get ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh each instead of Rs 10 lakh, announced earlier, said the CM.
Moreover, he declared that the state government will bear the study expenses of the children of the deceased CRPF personnel.
It is worthwhile to mention here that two Odia jawans – Prasanna Kumar Sahu of 61 Battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a resident of Shikhar village under Naugaon police limits and Manoj Kumar Behera of Ratanpur in Niali of Cuttack district – lost their lives in the Pulwama terrorist attack on February 14.
Meanwhile, the CM along with people of different walks of lives paid his tributes to the martyred jawans after their bodies arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport this afternoon.
The mortal remains are now being taken to the native villages of the jawans where the last rites will be performed with full state honours.