"It's a matter of pride for us that people want to help us. People have thought of us and are looking out for us," 59-year-old Onkarnath Dalui told NDTV.
People from every corner of the country have donated for Uri martyr Dalui's family after Gurgaon-based Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj started a campaign and raised over Rs 5 lakh in less than five days through crowd funding platform Milaap. Milaap also waived off their 5 per cent platform fee for this effort.
"While interacting with people who were interested in helping the family, someone told me about Milaap and how they can help raise funds for the family. That's when I came across Milaap and stated the crowd funding campaign," Ms Bhardwaj told NDTV.
Though Onkarnath Dalui is overcome by grief every time someone comes home what surprises him is all the promised financial help after the Uri attacks, simply hasn't come.
Apart from the army and some individual efforts, only Trinamool minister Rajib Banerjee has helped with cash and a promise to build a proper home for the family, something Gangadhar Dalui himself was planning to do. Dalui was among the 20 soldiers killed when an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri was attacked by terrorists on 18th September this year.
When asked about the promises of help made earlier, Mr Dalui said, "Whether its help from the government or help from individuals I haven't received anything yet. I don't know if I am going to get it. I have only heard people talk about it."
The soldier's family says they are overwhelmed by this effort and hope the country keeps its promise of looking after martyr's families.
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