The next of kin of Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the Tamil Nadu chopper crash who died on December 15, will receive a compensation of Rs 1 crore from the Madhya Pradesh government, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday.
Singh’s death rites would be done with full state and military honour, according to Chouhan.
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“I pay tribute to Group Captain Varun Singh. His last rites will be performed with full state and military honour. His father is very brave too. The entire family is dedicated to the nation. We stand with them in this hour of grief,” Chouhan said, while addressing the media.
He further said, “The naming of an institution after him and the erection of his statue in his memory will be discussed with the family. The state government will provide a compensation of ₹1 crore to the next of kin.”
The lifeless remains of Group Captain Varun Singh, who died on December 15, have arrived at Yelahanka Air Force Base in Bengaluru, where military leaders from the Indian Air Force (IAF) paid tribute to him.
He was the lone survivor of a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu on December 8 that killed 13 people, including Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and his wife.
Last week, Singh, 39, was serving as Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, where the CDS was scheduled to speak. Singh, a veteran Air Force officer, received the Shaurya Chakra on Independence Day this year for preventing a mid-air collision when his Tejas Light Combat Aircraft experienced a mechanical malfunction on October 12 last year.
Singh’s parents, wife, and children survive him. He came from a family of military personnel. His father, Colonel K P Singh, retired from the Indian Army, and his younger brother, Lt Commander Tanuj Singh, is an Indian Navy officer.