MANGALDAI: No nation has ever been able to repay the supreme sacrifice offered by its soldiers to preserve the freedom and sovereignty of the motherland. The soldiers deserve gratitude. Keeping this in mind, the Indian Army offered an amount of Rs. 5,00,000 to the family of Swahid Suvedar Gandhi Ram Rajbongshi on Thursday.
Swahid Gandhi Ram Rajbongshi of Darrang district, while serving as a Suvedar in the Assam Regiment, attained martyrdom in line of duty along the northern borders on December 18, 2000, leaving behind his wife Pabitri Rajbongshi, a 15-year old daughter and a one-year old son.
Upholding the tag of 'Veer Naari', Pabitri Rajbongshi raised both the children despite financial crunch. Her son Gagan Rajbongshi, while pursuing his higher studies in Guwahati, unfortunately met with an accident in 2018. The injuries sustained by Gagan Rajbongshi were very severe and he underwent multiple operations and facial surgeries for which the mother had to spend an amount of Rs. 12.18 lakh as she was not aware of the ECHS facilities available for all dependents of retired or martyred soldiers.
However, the troops of Red Horns Division deployed in Udalguri and Darrang districts came to know about the ordeals faced by the 'Veer Naari' only in 2020 at the Krishak Swahid Divas celebration organized by the army at Pothorughat. Accordingly, the Army unit of Red Horns Division brought the matter to the notice of the higher authority and finally the Army higher headquarters sanctioned an amount of Rs. 5,00,000 under AG's BR, IHQ of MOD (Army). Senior officials of the Army on Thursday visited the residence of Pabitri Rajbongshi and offered the amount.
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