Maneka Gandhi writes to HRD Minister for free education of Uri Martyrs’ Children

There is no denying that our soldiers are the reason why we live without fear. For what they go through, we cannot even endure an iota of their struggle. The recent Uri terror attacks wherein 19 soldiers lost their lives, the unpredictability can be sensed. Therefore, an online petition has been started demanding free education for the children of these martyrs. It was by a Pune-based Maryada Prasad which has accumulated the support of almost 93,318 people so far. It caught the attention of the Minister of women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, that she has responded to the petition and written a letter to the HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar, to consider it.

With so many people signing for this petition, the WCD minister has also assured that she would be writing a letter to all the state governments on the issue. “I received a petition signed by over 50,000 citizens on Change.org on behalf of the children of Uri martyrs,” she said in a tweet. “Our soldiers have made supreme sacrifices. Taking care of the cost of educating their children will be a small part of our gratitude,” she also tweeted.”Their sacrifice is priceless. These kids have no one to support their dreams, they’ve lost their fathers so that India could be safe. Providing a one-time compensation is not enough, rather it is insulting their sacrifice. These children deserve constant support in order to give wings to their dreams,” the petition seeking free education for the martyrs’ kids read.

Acknowledging the sacrifices of the soldiers, the minister said that for the martyrs who do duty for the country and sacrifice their family life, this appeal is a small part of gratitude towards them. The supreme sacrifice by these soldiers is their call of duty to protect their country. To take care of the cost of education for their children is like a thankful token for them. The petition needs to be taken favorably keeping the sacrifices of the soldiers in mind.

The one who initiated this petition is Maryada Prasad, a Management student from Symbiosis, Pune, who titled the petition “Free education for children of India’s martyrs” signed by over 90,000 people. He was quoted as saying, “I wanted to do something for the families of the soldiers who gave up their lives to keep us safe. I started a petition on Change.org and I am really happy to have received so much support. I am also grateful to Maneka Gandhiji for taking note of the petition and forwarding it to Prakash Javadekarji. I sincerely hope that he will act soon. The least that we can do for the martyrs is ensure that their children are taken care of.”

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