Kerala announces financial aid to Pathankot martyr’s family

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 6 (IANS) The Kerala government on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs.5 million to the family of NSG commando Lt.Col. E.K. Niranjan, who was killed in the counter-offensive against terrorists at the Pathankot air base on Sunday.

“A sum of Rs.5 million will be paid to the family. Besides we have decided to offer his wife a state government job and the state government will meet all the expenses of the education of their two-year-old daughter,” Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters here.

He said several ministers came up with proposals and it was decided to name a new stadium at the Palakkad Medical College after the martyr.

“A 10 km long road passing through the village of the martyr will be renovated. Also, on Tuesday, it was decided that a government ITI (trade education centre) at his home town will be named after him,” added Chandy.

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The Karnataka government has already announced a compensation of Rs. 3 million.

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