Pune: New Delhi-based Shahid Swabhiman Yatra Trust’s nation-wide march to honour martyrs and soldiers, which began from Delhi on March 23, reached Pune on Wednesday.
The trust is also demanding the martyrs’ and soldiers’ family to be given ‘Shahid Swabhimaan’ card so that their family members can avail direct facilities in education, hospitals and employment.
After covering a distance of 4,600 km via Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Rajasthan, Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Bhopal, Indore, Nashik and Mumbai, the march has reached Pune.
The march will touch 29 states covering approximately 20,000 km in 90 days. Surendrasingh Bidhudi, president of the trust, said, “Our goal is to build a statue of Bhagat Singh (freedom fighter) by collecting soil from each state.”
Around 15-20 members of the trust have travelled through the northern states and now they will cover the southern part of the country.
Bidhudi added, “We have demanded the government to make the salaries tax-free, set up an independent commission for martyrs and take care of their families and children once they are no more.”
The march is supported by the Indian Army. Sanjeev Goyal, a caretaker of the yatra, said, “Besides the members of the trust, people of every state join us. We get to stay at Army camps and they provide us with food as well.”