Union Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi today asked HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar to consider providing free education to the children of martyrs of Uri attack.
She told PTI that she would also be writing to state governments on the issue.
“Have written to HRD Minister Sh @PrakashJavadekar ji to consider the plea to provide free education to children of #Uri Martyrs,” she tweeted.
The move comes after she received a petition signed by over 50,000 citizens on Change.org on behalf of the children of Uri Martyrs.
“I received a petition signed by over 50,000 citizens on Change.org on behalf of the children of #Uri Martyrs (sic),” she said in a series of tweets.
“Our soldiers have made supreme sacrifices. Taking care of the cost of educating their children will be a small part of our gratitude,” she tweeted.
The petition titled “Free education for children of India’s martyrs” was initiated on Change.org by a management student last month.
It has been endorsed by as many as 70,000 people online.
According to the petition: “Their (martyrs’) sacrifice is priceless. These kids have no one to support their dreams, they’ve lost their fathers so that India could be safe.”
“Providing a one time compensation is not enough, rather it is insulting their sacrifice. These children deserve constant support in order to give wings to their dreams.”
19 soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri on September 18.