For well over a year, the Karnataka government had forgotten about the promise of a job made to Siachen braveheart Hanumanthappa Koppad’s wife. OneIndia’s campaign to remind the government of the unkept promises ultimately elicited a response, but from the Union government and not the state. The Karnataka government including Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had claimed on national television that Mahadevi Koppad or any other family member would be offered a job by his government but a year on, no such offers were made. Compensation came in plenty, but the promise of a job was never fulfilled until the Centre stepped in.
Following OneIndia’s report on Mahadevi Koppad being denied a job, Union Minister for textiles Smriti Irani took note of the situation and offered the martyr’s wife a job at Central Silk board’s office in Hubli. After OneIndia’s campaign, many people including Union Minister Maneka Gandhi reached out to Mahadevi to offer her a job. It was ultimately Irani’s ministry that managed to secure a job of Mahadevi’s liking in Hubli.
Siddaramaiah had promised Mahadevi a job, a site and land. He had also promised to name the Hubli main road after Hanumanthappa Koppad and install Koppad’s statue in his village as a memorial. While the compensation in form of money and land has been given to the family, the dignity of a job was unnecessarily delayed for Mahadevi. “Our local MLA has been extremely supportive. He has all the time and patience for a martyr’s family. I understand that the government has a lot to take care of and I am not the only one. I am sure I will get an offer from them. I will wait,: Mahadevi had told OneIndia when we kickstarted the campaign and asked her why there was a delay in keeping up the promise made to her about the job.
She was willing to wait but the wait had become neverending. The Karnataka government had promised to dole out an offer letter to Mahadevi Koppad by end of March and there is no news of the same. It is in fact, the offer made by Irani’s ministry that Koppad has accepted and has started work on Monday.