Saraikela : Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Saturday paid tributes to the Kharsawan martyrs who had laid down their lives on this day in 1948 in a clash with the police while protesting against the merger of the then princely states of Saraikela and Kharsawan with Odisha.
Soren laid a wreath at the martyr’s memorial in Kerse Munda Chowk and Martyrs Memorial at Shaheed Park in Kharsawan under Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
The Chief Minister said Jharkhand has always been the land of heroes and martyrs. He said countless heroes here have embraced martyrdom for the sake of the state and the country. The names of many such martyrs are recorded in the pages of history, while many are still anonymous. The government is trying to give respect and rights to their dependents by identifying other anonymous martyrs including those who lost their lives in the Kharsawan shooting incident.
The Chief Minister said that on January 1 every year a large number of people pay homage to the brave martyrs of Kharsawan firing . He said people should be aware of the heroic saga of these martyrs and this should be passed on from generation to generation.
He said the state government has approved Rs 16 crore for developing Shaheed Park – built in memory of the brave martyrs of the Kharsawan shooting incident – as a tourist spot. Apart from the beautification of Shaheed Park, many facilities including multipurpose buildings will be constructed here.
Soren said the government is providing pension and other facilities to the dependents of the martyrs who gave their all fighting for a separate state.
He said his government has decided to give five percent horizontal reservation in government jobs to the dependents of the martyrs of Jharkhand.