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Mamata Banerjee has just Rs 2 lakh of compensation to offer for Uri martyrs but Rs 10 lakh for Hajj accident victim
A day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had come under fire for offering just Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the soldiers killed in the Uri attack, now the Mamata Banerjee government is facing criticism for the same reason.

The West Bengal state government has announced a miserly compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of Sepoy Gangadhar Dalui and Sepoy Biswajit Ghorai. One family member each from both the families will also be provided a job as home guards.

This compensation is by far the lowest announced by any other state. On Monday, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav had announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh each to the families of the four soldiers from the state martyred in the Uri attack.

After he came under fire, even Nitish Kumar was compelled to increase the compensation from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh on Tuesday. Earlier, Sunita, the widow of Havaldar Ashok Kumar Singh had refused the Bihar CMs compensation by asking, "Was my husband a drunkard who died in a drain?"

Many people were enraged on social media after Mamata Banerjee's announcement of Rs 2 lakh as compensation came. A few even went to the extent of digging out old reports from September 2015, when Mamata Didi had announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for a Hajj pilgrim from her state who had died in the Mecca crash accident and Rs 1 lakh each for the 100 other deceased.

A user wrote: "Mamata gives 2 lakhs for Uri Attack martyrs. Same Mamata gave 10 lakhs for victims who were killed in Hajj accident. Long live secularism!"

Notably, even the Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubir Das has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for the soldiers' families who lost their lives for the country. The Bengal BJP has criticised the government and called it a paltry aid.

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