ला मार्टिनियर काॅलेज, लखनऊ से पढ़े सेना के नायकों के सम्मान में आयोजित कार्यक्रम में शामिल हुए मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव
मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव ने भारतीय वायु सेना के शहीदों के आश्रितों को 20, 20 लाख रु0 का चेक प्रदान कर सम्मानित किया
The Airmen had lost their lives on July 25, 2014
Nation has maximum respect for the Armed Forces : Chief Minister
State Government extending a lot of serious basic help to the Air Force : Air Chief Marshal
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav today honoured dependants of the martyrs of the Indian Air Force who had lost their lives in a chopper crash at the Bakshi Ka Talaab in Lucknow on July 25, 2014. On this occasion, Air Chief Marshal Mr. Aroop Raha was also present. At a function held at his official 5, Kalidas Marg residence, the Chief Minister honoured Squadron Leader (Retd.) Jaya Rawat; wife of Hyderabad resident martyr Wing Commander TNV Singh, Mrs. Stephy Paul, wife of martyr Squadron leader Rajgopal Manu who was resident of Kerala, Mrs. Jyotirmayi Panda; wife of Odisha resident martyr Devendra Panda, Junior Warrant Officer Pradipto Mukherjee’s wife Mrs. Namrata Mukherjee, resident of Chattisgarh, Mr. Binda Singh; father of martyr corporal Rabees Kumar Singh (West Bengal) Minu Yadav; wife of martyr corporal from Rajasthan Manoj Yadav and Mr. Dumpa Ramnayya; father of martyr air craftsman Dumpa Laxmanunaidu (Andhra Pradesh) by handing them cheques of Rs. 20-20 lakh each on behalf of the state government.
On this occasion, Mr. Yadav paid rich tributes to the martyred airmen and said that the people of the country gave army men the most respect. He further added that the Samajwadi Government always believed in respecting the soldiers and had a special corner for them. The Chief Minister then pointed out that the then government led by Netaji had started the tradition of honouring martyrs and that the present government was taking it forward.
Mr. Yadav further informed that the state government had decided to give financial assistance of Rs. 20 lakh to families of martyred army men and para-military personnel, irrespective of which state they hailed from. He also lauded the army for the rescue operations conducted in quake hit Nepal this year and during flash floods earlier in the neighbouring hill state of Uttarakhand. It was because of this, that many a precious lives were saved and relief material could be delivered to people stranded in far off areas and difficult terrain.
The Chief Minister assured that the state government would always be by the side of armed forces. Before this, Air Chief Marshal Mr. Aroop Raha lauded the financial assistance extended by the Chief Minister to martyred airmen and said that the state government was extending a lot of basic help to the Indian Air Force. Referring to the high-quality blocks on the under-construction Agra-Lucknow Express-way, for IAF planes, the top IAF official also highlighted how the state government had allowed use of air strips in the state for landing of fighter planes.
This, he added, would enhance the capabilities of the Indian Air Force and expressed hope that other states would also emulate the Uttar Pradesh government. It may be pointed out here that an ALH helicopter of the 111 helicopter unit (Snow Tigers) was conducting birds and other research works on July 25, 2014 when the chopper lost control due to a technical glitch.
All this happened in a fraction of a second, leaving the air men with very little chance of recovery action and the helicopter crashed. However, in this moment of crisis, the pilots of the ill-fated chopper and the team on board showed exemplary courage and rose to the occasion in ensuring that the plane did not crash on the population below. The IAF personnel did not care for their own lives and saved hundreds of lives in the village below.
Also present on the occasion were Political Pensions Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan, Principal Secretary (Information) Mr. Navneet Sehgal and other officers of the IAF.