New Delhi, April 2: Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab on Monday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and one government job as per qualification for the aggrieved 27 family members of 39 Indians who were killed by the ISIS following their abduction in 2014 in Iraq’s Mosul. Mentioning that 27 of the 39 dead were from Punjab, state Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said,”Ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh per family, job for one person per family will be given and current pension of Rs 20,000 to continue.”
Minister of State For External Affairs General(Retd) VK Singh arrived in Amritsar earlier in the day with the mortal remains of 38 Indians. The leader will hand over the bodies to the families of the deceased. He will leave for Kolkata and then Bihar to hand over the remaining bodies.
Addressing media, VK Singh said the Central government had not left any stones unturned to bring them alive. Talking about the workers, he said they had gone to Iraq through illegal agents; hence, the government was not aware of their whereabouts. He further appealed to workers to go through legal agents.
On being asked about providing government jobs to the family members of the deceased, Singh said, “This is not a game of football. Both state and central govt are sensitive governments. EAM had asked the families for the details of their members who can be given jobs etc, we will review.”
Last month, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had told Parliament that 40 Indians were abducted by ISIS from Mosul in Iraq in June 2014, but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh. The remaining 39 were taken to Badoosh and killed, she had said.