First compensation to a frontline corona warrior by Bhagwant Mann govt
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
Fulfilling AAP’s promise, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday directed the State Finance department to immediately release compensation of Rs.50 lakh to the family of deceased PRTC driver Manjit Singh, a frontline corona warrior.
It may be recalled that the previous Congress government had given Rs.10 lakh to the victim family of Manjit Singh, who died of massive heart attack on April 26, 2020 while on special duty to fetch stranded Sikh pilgrims to Punjab from Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded amid national lockdown during Covid 19 pandemic. This led to statewide protests by the Punjab wing of Aam Adami party seeking Rs.50 lakh as compensation for the family of driver Manjit Singh.
Notably, the AAP under the leadership of Bhagwant Mann at that time had strongly protested against the Congress government’s apathy and demanded Rs.50 lakh for the family of 38 -year old driver who hailed from village Badbar of Barnala district.
Former Punjab CM Capt.Amarinder Singh had also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for PRTC driver Manjit Singh’s family who died due to heart’ attack, when he was on the way to Nanded to bring back Stranded pilgrims