Today is February 11, 2011. Exactly a month since we lost Wg Cdr Vikas Jetly – one of the finest stunt pilots with India’s Sarang Aerobatic Display Team. It’s also one month since Tarmak007 launched the Justice for Jetly campaign. Misty eyes when I sit down to write this post on Day-3 of an otherwise boring Aero India-2011. I am sure those who have been following this campaign could understand why...
On February 10, during the customary Aero India press meet of Indian Air Force at Yelahanka Air Force Station, a question was posed to IAF chief P.V. Naik as to know the status of Winco Jetly’s wife’s (Shalini) petition. For the first time since the Justice for Jetly campaign was launched, we had an official response from the IAF, though India’s defense minister Antony had written to the family promising support.
Naik assured the IAF would address the demands of late Winco Jetly’s family members. A calm and composed Air Chief said this: “Very sad. I am aware of the case and we will do everything possible to help the family. She (Shalini) had met my wife. I can understand the pain and agony of a widow and especially in this case, it was more. I am sure she will come out of it and make a life of herself. I am told that she is a very strong woman. The IAF will give her full support. In the armed forces a lot of things -- especially pension and other benefits -- are released only after a person’s death. She also needs a job and I am aware of the same,” the chief said.
Back in Delhi, the family members had mixed response when told about the Naik’s promise. “We are waiting. Now, that the Air Chief has made a public statement, we hope things will move,” a family member said.
Tarmak007 would keep the campaign alive, but would want to express my gratitude to all Media friends, online forums (BR, Andhrafriends etc), who took up this campaign to more people. Hope the IAF will find a solution to help the family, finally.
Probably this is the best news I am brining to all of you from Aero India 2011. IAF Chief promises help to Jetly family.
R.I.P. Winco Jetly!