A plumber from Orissa who suffered huge losses in the 1990-91 gulf war, will at last receive the compensation after 14 long years of ordeal. Antarjami Pradhan, a resident of Mandapada village under Pattamundai block of Kendrapara district will now get compensation as the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), Geneva has decided to provide the compensation amount.
Pradhan was one of the 23 untraced claimants of the state, whose names were recently published in sundry newspapers by the Kuwait cell of the Ministry of External Affairs to apprise them about the decision of the UNCC to provide compensation for their losses in Gulf War.
According to sources, the special Kuwait cell of External Affairs of India recently sent a letter to Antarjami Pradhan to produce relevant documents like passport, visa papers to get the money from UNCC, a delighted Susama Pradhan, the wife of Antarjami told newsmen here.
After sustaining heavy losses in the Gulf War in Kuwait, the plumber returned to Orissa but again moved to Kuwait in 1994. He has two daughter and one son who have been residing in Mandapada village. The UNCC had enlisted the persons who suffered during the gulf war while working in Kuwait and granted them compensation. But 23 persons from the state did not receive the amount as neither the Central government nor the state government could trace them after the Gulf war.
According to Antarjami the construction company where he was working had closed down its office during the war period and he was evacuated from Kuwait and sent back to India during the war period.
But after the war was over, Antarjami again left for Kuwait to work as a plumber. His wife Sushama said Antarjami would be back soon to his native village in Coastal Orissa to spend the rest of his life after receiving the compensation money.