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Martyr’s family gets Rs10-lakh ex gratia 

Bathinda: Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal today gave an ex gratia grant of Rs 10 lakh to the family of Sepoy Manjinder Singh (22), who lost his life in a gunbattle in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on November 14.A government school for girls in the memory of Shaheed Manjinder Singh has been announced at Banawali, the native village of Manjinder. For this, the first instalment of Rs 25 lakh would be released soon, Manpreet Badal said.“Words cannot alleviate the pain of the family, especially that of the mother. But we must pledge today to offer every possible help to the family,” the minister said. “Many people take birth and many die, but only a few like Manjinder become immortal.”Manpreet pointed out that cutting across party lines, members and representatives of different political outfits gathered in Banawali village to pay homage to Manjinder. “This shows that in spite of differences, we all love and support Army jawans,” he added.Former Congress MLA from Sardulgarh Ajit Inder Singh Moffar said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh understood the problems and needs of Army men, as he had served in the Army.Rajya Sabha member Balwinder Singh Bhunder announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for Banawali village.

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