Bhopal: A government programme would be organised on Tuesday to pay tributes to 579 martyrs belonging to Indian Army, Central Armed Forces and Police, who laid down their lives in line of duty since creation of Madhya Pradesh.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan would go to Bhind to present a cheque of Rs 1 crore to the family of martyr Jitendra Singh Rajawat. There he would also felicitate the families of 119 soldiers who sacrificed their lives. Jitendra Singh was a Jawaan in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who achieved martyrdom when his body was blown away in a Naxalite-led land mine blast in Sukma of Chattisgarh on March 13. It is first time when such type of programme is being organised on the eve of the Independence Day.
Including Chouhan, ministers and officers will also attend programmes in villages to pay respect to martyrs. The number of martyrs in Bhind is the highest with 119, followed by Morena with 81, 75 in Rewa, 40 in Gwalior, 30 in Jabalpur, 28 in Satna while 26 persons in Shivpuri attained martyrdom. Meanwhile, Congress state president Kamal Nath said that visits to the houses of martyrs should be made on regular basis. He quipped saying why government was remembering everything only in the election year?