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Jawaharlal Darda Foundation provides assistance to martyred cops’ children

 Media Coverage  |  15-12-2022

Vijay Darda gives Rs 10 lakh aid for children’s higher education in Gadchiroli

Lokmat News Network Gadchiroli

In a noble gesture, the Lokmat Media Group through Jawaharlal Darda Foundation has taken an initiative to provide substantial support for higher education to the children of the martyred cops who laid down their lives for maintaining peace in Gadchiroli district and the state.

At a programme held at the Gadchiroli police headquarters on Wednesday, financial assistance of Rs 50,000 each was given to the first batch of 20 children at the hands of the chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda in presence of other dignitaries.

The deputy inspector general of police, Gadchiroli Range, Sandeep Patil, superintendent of police, Gadchiroli district, Neelotpal, additional SP (operation) Anuj Tare and additional SP (administration) Kumar Chinta, among others, were prominently present. The director (operations) of Lokmat Media Ashok Jain, editor of Lokmat Samachar Vikas Mishra, executive editor of Lokmat Shrimant Mane, senior general manager (circulation) Santosh Chipda and the family members of martyred policemen were present in large numbers.

Be it the soldiers who died for the country or the family members of the policemen martyred in Naxal attacks, Lokmat Media Group has always taken up their issues and extended them a helping hand. Vijay Darda asserted that efforts will be made to solve the problems of the martyred cops’ families.

Vijay Darda further said the veteran freedom fighter and founder editor of Lokmat Media Group Jawaharlal Darda alias Babuji has passed on the legacy of social commitment to us. While celebrating his birth centenary this year, the Lokmat Media Group built and handed over warm houses for the soldiers guarding the Kargil Memorial in Drass on Kargil Vijay Diwas in a freezing temperature of minus 22 degrees Celsius. As for children, they are the future of the nation. Therefore, the Lokmat Media Group would continue to support the education of the martyred cops’ children, Darda assured.

Sandeep Patil said the administration is aware that Naxalism was defeated only because of the sacrifice of 212 martyred cops of Gadchiroli district and the sacrifice of their families. Earlier, no police officer could get married if he was transferred to the Gadchiroli district. Now 100 police officers are waiting to go there. This shows how much the situation has changed in the district.

‘Veerpatni’ Hemlata Waghade, wife of a martyred cop, expressed her feelings on behalf of the families of the martyrs.


Experts’ panel to decide nature of further assistance

Jawaharlal Darda Foundation is preparing a system so that the children of martyred cops can get quality higher education. Henceforth, a committee of the senior police officials from Gadchiroli district and ‘Lokmat’ representatives will select the needy children. Vijay Darda announced that on the basis of the recommendation of this committee, financial assistance will be provided to the boys and girls as per requirement and it will be monitored whether it is being properly utilised or not. The DIG, Gadchiroli Range, Sandeep Patil and SP, Gadchiroli district, Neelotpal will coordinate this initiative.

Funds raised from sale of paintings

An exhibition cum sale of paintings made by Vijay Darda was organised at the famous Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai from  August 30 to September 5. A fund of ₹10 lakh raised from the sale of these paintings was given to the children of 20 martyred policemen from Gadchiroli district as an educational aid.

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