Martyr Gautam's family gets Rs 1 mln from govt, Rs 7 lakh from NC

KATHMANDU: The family of Govinda Gautam, who was killed in a Nepal-India cross-border firing in Punarbas of Kanchanpur on March 9, received Rs 1 million assistance from the government on Saturday.

The government had promised the compensation while declaring him the martyr the next day.

Likewise, the ruling Nepali Congress party also provided the family with Rs 700,000.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi, who is also a Nepali Congress leader, handed over cheques worth Rs 1.7 million to Gautam's widow Laxmi today.

Earlier, the CPN Maoist Centre had given Rs 600,000 to the family.

The main opposition CPN-UML had also provided Rs 500,000 at first.

Meanwhile, speaking on the occasion, Nidhi said the government would not tolerate any attempt of border encroachment.

He informed that he had raised the issue during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week.

Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak, Minister for Agricultural Development Daljit Chaudhary and State Affairs Committee Chairman Dil Bahadur Gharti were also present on the occasion.