Our ministers, and leaders very promptly declare an amount of compensation to the family of the deceased, and the compensation does not come from an individual but it is given by the state. One wishes that our political and business leaders set an example by parting with their own funds, small or large, during times when people affected by tragedies are need of support in cash and kind.
IN OUR 'mahaan' country India there is hardly any day when people don’t die due to road or rail accidents, deaths at unmanned rail crossings, floods, collapse of roof, earthquakes, electrocution, capsizing of boats, on falling in borewells, and by being crushed under ice, mud and debris.
Our ministers very promptly declare an amount of compensation to the member of the deceased family from the Prime Minstar's Fund, Chief Minster Fund or Railway / Defence Ministry Welfare Fund, and do get appreciation from the media.
In fact, the amount thus compensated doesn’t belong to any individual but it comes out from state funds - either from the Centre or the respective state government.
Can any minister or a leader compensate any victim from his salary? I don’t think ever. They are never contented with money. They may chalk out their visit to such affected areas - once again on official account - yet another debit to the state coffers.
I understand that there are a few industrialists and wealthy persons who do support the deceased families - but many of them do so from their official accounts and not personal accounts.
To the best of my knowledge Mr Ratan Tata
is an example of an industrialist who has supported affected families from his personal funds, and this fact is public domain. Indeed, there may be many who do the same without the fact becoming public.
I wish our leaders also have a lion heart to support and donate in such cases from their salaries, perks, which is when they will deserve the appreciation - but not by just utilizing public funds on such occasions.
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