Not like distributing biscuits: VK Singh on compensation to kin of Indians killed in Iraq

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Apr 03, 2018, 12:52 AM IST

File photo of VK Singh. Photograph:(ANI)

Responding to a question on whether the families of the 39 Indians who died in Iraq will be provided jobs or compensation, MoS VK Singh said Monday the issue was not like distributing biscuits. 

He said, "The issue is not about distributing biscuits, it is about the life of people, did you understand".

He further said that how can he announce the amount (now), he did not have any treasure in his pocket.



He also said that it was not a game of football and the External Affairs Ministry will review the families about the details of the members who can be given jobs 




Meanwhile, Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh including jobs to families of 27 Indians who died in Mosul, Iraq.



MoS VK Singh brought back the mortal remains of 38 Indians who were killed by the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq in Amritsar today.

The Indians had gone missing in 2014 as the government launched a massive search operation along with the Iraqi government.

Foreign Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had announced in Parliament last month that the Indian government had found the mortal remains of the Indians.