Slammed for being heartless on a number of occasions, Bihar government invites criticism yet again.
The compensation cheque of 5 lakh rupees given by the Nitish Kumar government to the family of Sukma martyr, Ranjeet Kumar, has bounced. More than two weeks after the soldier lost his life his family had still been running helplessly to get the cheque cashed.
Earlier, ministers of Bihar government were condemned for not attending the wreath laying ceremony of the six soldiers who were martyred fighting the Maoists in Sukma. Then, the trucks carrying their bodies were made to stop and wait for Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar’s convoy to pass by, for which the government invited huge denunciation.
Now, as the compensation cheque deposited by Ranjeet Kumar’s wife has been returned unpaid by the bank, the Nitish Kumar government is being condemned heavily for being disrespectful and careless about martyred jawans and their families.
Ranjeet Kumar’s wife deposited the HDFC Bank Sheikhpura’s cheque in her State Bank of India account in Jamui. First the cheque was sent to HDFC Bank Patna for clearing instead of being sent to Sheikhpura. Then, from Patna, the cheque was dispatched to Noida to be processed under the Cheque Truncation System (CTS).
At HDFC Bank Noida, the signature of the signatory on the cheque failed to match due to which the it was returned unpaid. The signatures of the incumbent manager were not updated in Bank’s records due to which the cheque was dishonored.
The problem was, however, rectified soon. The District Magistrate of Sheikhpura later announced the same saying that whenever the cheque is deposited, it will be honored.