Slain govt staffer’s family gets Rs 1m compensation

Lalitpur, November 20:

Minister for Education and Sports Pradeep Nepal, on behalf of Minister for Agriculture and Co-operatives Chhabi Lal Bishwokarma, today handed over a cheque of Rs 1 million to the wife of Raj Kumar Joshi, a government employee killed by an unidentified gang some four-and-a-half months ago in Dhanusha.

Minister Nepal handed over the cheque to Joshi’s wife Krishna Kumari Shrestha. Joshi was a junior technician at the National Rice Research Programme at Hardinath.

Joshi was shot dead in Dhanusha, three kilometres away from his office, on July 4 last. Declaring Joshi a martyr, the cabinet had decided to provide Rs 1 million compensation to his widow on September 22.

Speaking at a function organised to hand over the compensation, Minister Nepal said, “Joshi’s death is a big loss to the nation and a big tragedy to his family and friends. The nation should appreciate his contribution and make others follow his works that enriched the country in the fields of research and information.”

Joshi had spent nearly 24 years in research and development of rice farming system and rice breeding.

Joshi’s widow Krishna Kumari wished that nobody will have to go through such a tragedy in the future. She said, “The compensation provided by the government can never be greater than my husband.” She also demanded the authorities to arrest and punish the culprits involved in the killing.

Acting secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Dr Hari Dahal said government officers are resigning from their positions due to the lack of security. He said the government should immediately arrange security for its employees. He also called for setting up an Employees’ Welfare Fund.

Joshi is survived by his wife, four daughters and a son.