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Nov 22, 2012 at 02:40pm IST

Live: Govt says it gave ex-NSG commando Rs 31 lakh, soldier denies getting any help

New Delhi: 2.25 pm: Arvind Kejriwal slammed the government over Surendra Singh's claims, saying the government is shamelessly misleading the nation. He said on twitter, "31 lakhs given to 11 injured, not to Surinder Singh. Out of 31 lakhs, surinder got jst 2.5 lakh. Can govt prove that surinder getting Rs 25 thousand per month? If it is not proved, who wud resign in govt for misleading nation? (sic)".

2.01 pm: Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the government has highest respect for people who risk their lives for the country. "Ministry of Defence will be putting a detailed statement later. As I've been given to understand, Surender Singh has been paid Rs 31 lakhs. Finer details of compensation will be put by MoD," he said.

1.44 pm: The PIB has refuted Surendra Singh's claims, saying that the government has cleared all his dues. Following are the tweets by PIB:

- The Govt has given Nk Surender Singh all his dues.

- Informed on telephone on 16th Nov that war injury pension sanctioned; bankers also informed.

- Nk Surender Singh getting war injury pension of Rs 25,254/- per month.

- Rs 31 lac retirement emoluments paid to Nk Surender Singh.

1.30 pm: Surendra Singh denied that he's got Rs 31,00,000 as pension as reported by Press Information Bureau. However, the government in its release said that it had given Singh all his dues.

In a bid to highlight the government's apathy towards 26/11 heroes, activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday presented a NSG commando, who fought terrorists during the Mumbai terror attacks, saying the soldiers are still fighting for their rights.

Former NSG commando Surendra Singh said that the government did not do its duty towards them. "I became unfit after 26/11 but the government is not bearing the cost of my medical expenses. I even tried taking help through RTI. I was told that NSG will not reply to RTI as it does not come under RTI. I wanted to know the criteria and eligibility of NSG commandos in my RTI. I wanted to know about foreign donations that were sent to help us. My request was rejected," he said.

Kejriwal said, "Pakistani terrorists attacked Mumbai on 26/11/2008. Kasab was hanged on Wednesday but those NSG commandos who fought these terrorists are still fighting for their rights. Out of the 11, 2 people were kicked out of the job. These two became disabled because of the Mumbai attack".

Singh further said that Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also donated Rs 7 lakh for the NSG commandos. "We got money, one lakh each from Prime Minister's fund," he said.

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