New Delhi: In honour of Colonel B Santosh Babu, who was martyred in the violent Galwan Valley face-off, his wife Santoshi was on Wednesday appointed as a Deputy Collector of Telangana. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao handed over the appointment letter to Santoshi earlier today and directed his officials to give her a posting in state capital Hyderabad and its surrounding areas. Also Read - Gunjan Saxena Movie Review: Beautiful Portrayal of First Female Combat Pilot’s Journey Who Fearlessly Crosses All Hurdles in Male-Dominated Society

CM Rao also invited the newly-appointed Deputy Collector and 20 other relatives for lunch at Pragathi Bhavan, and assured that the state government will extend all possible support to the martyred Colonel’s family. Also Read - RBI Asks UCBs to Implement System-based Asset Classification

In June, the Chief Minister had visited Col Santosh Babu’s family and handed over an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 crore. Of the total amount, Rs 1 crore was handed over to Santosh’s parents while he personally handed a cheque of Rs 4 crore to his wife. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Centre Issues Protection of Pay Order For Central Govt Employees

Rao also handed over land documents of a 711 sq. yard property allotted to Santoshi in the posh Banjara Hills of Hyderabad.

The 37-year-old Colonel, resident of Telangana’s Suryapet, died during the violent standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15. Along with him, 19 other Indian soldiers were also martyred during the two-day-long firing.