BENGALURU: Parents of a Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) martyr have been waiting for over nine years to get the ex-gratia due to them. Despite the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), they have been getting nothing but their son’s meagre monthly pension of Rs 9,731. Constable MN Guruprasad was killed during an encounter with Naxalites in Mavinahola, Chikkamagaluru district, in November 2009. The only son of Nanjappa, 81, and Leelavathi, 76 — residents of Kundhacheri village, 37km from Madikeri in Kodagu district — Guruprasad was honoured with a gallantry medal (posthumously) on August 15, 2010.According to a police department circular, the family was to get a monthly ex gratia of Rs 900 till May 2013 and Rs 2,000 thereafter. Despite visiting the DGP’s office and Vidhana Soudha several times, the senior citizens have got no relief. Eventually, this March, the family wrote to the PMO explaining their ordeal. They were hopeful after receiving information (via post) that the state government had been asked to resolve the issue. After TOI reported the matter on August 13, 2018, state police have been regularly writing to the government, seeking approval to grant ex-gratia to the parents, but nothing has moved forward. Officials in the DGP’s office, who expressed their helplessness and showed letters they had dashed off to the state government to sanction the amount, say there has been a deliberate silence. Documents accessed by TOI show Amrit Pal, IGP (administration), had, on behalf of the DGP, written to the additional chief secretary, internal administration on April 8, seeking permission to grant ex-gratia as there had been no example of releasing ex-gratia to those who have been awarded a gallantry medal. However, the home department is yet to respond to the letter. No job on compassionate grounds As Guruprasad was a bachelor when he was killed and his sisters were already married, the government said there was no option of giving a job on compassionate grounds to any of his kin. “Sixty per cent of the pension my parents get get goes towards their medicine,” says Kusumavathi, Guruprasad’s sister who was in the CRPF and took voluntary retirement after the tragedy. A police officer who checked Guruprasad’s service register said that if alive, he’d have been a head constable and drawn a monthly salary of Rs 50,000. Kusumavathi told TOI her parents are victims of government apathy. “We have done enough rounds of Vidhana Soudha and the DGP’s office in these nine years, but we have only got assurances,” she added. Additional chief secretary of home department, Rajneesh Goel, was not available for comments. Madhu Chandra Tejasvi, deputy secretary (police services), said he will look into the matter. Home minister MB Patil’s office said that they too would seek details and look into the matter.
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