Many families lost their source of livelihood in the ghastly Mumbai terror attacks. To do its bit in helping the affected families, Saraswat Bank has employed the family members of 5 police officers and army men who sacrificed their lives during the Mumbai terror attack. In a press conference, the bank handed over appointment letters to the family members at the hands of Home Minister Jayant Patil. Already well known amongst co-operative banks across the state, Saraswat bank has again set the right example of how banks can do their social bit for communities. The bank has offered employment to the family members of the 5 police officials and army men. Five families accepted the offer given by the bank, informed the President of the bank Eknath Thakur. The family members who have joined the bank were given the appointment letter at the hands of Home Minister Jayant Patil. During the event at Saraswat Bank, it came as an absolute shock that Home Minister Jayant Patil had to consult Addtl. DGP and State Intelligence Chief D Sivanandan whether the names of late ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, ACP Ashok Kamte and Encounter Specialist Vijay Salaskar were sent for Ashok Chakra. If you think that the State Home Minister Jayant Patil would know whether the names of late ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, ACP Ashok Kamte and Encounter Specialist Vijay Salaskar – the three heroes who lost their lives in the Mumbai Terror Attacks were included in the list of Ashok Chakra, think again. For when the question was posed to him by the media, he looked at Addtl. DGP and State Intelligence Chief D Sivanandan for answers. The Mumbai terror attacks also exposed how the intelligence agencies failed to do their job. The media asked the lost Home Minister whether now his dept. taking extra measures to upgrade the expertise of its intelligence wing to which again the Home Minister had a lame reply. However, Jayant Patil was confident about one thing – that he was capable of running the Home Ministry after the sudden shift from the Finance Ministry. And while the Home Minister Jayant Patil calls himself able, his inability that was demonstrated in his ignorance of names sent for Ashok Chakra hint at the present status of his knowledge about his own department. He also had no firm reply to tackle terrorism that one expects from the Home Minister of a state that has seen the worst terror attack in recent times. In simple words, the first report card of Home Minister Jayant Patil isn’t satisfactory. With cameraperson Vikrant Baile, Rajeev Mishra for NMTV News.
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