Former corporate affairs minister and MP Murli Deora has asked the government to increase the compensation paid those who were incapacitated in the recent serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.
"I am moved by the plight of injured people. There are some who were the sole breadwinner and the deadly blasts have incapacitated them. The government should do more than just providing compensation," Deora said from Mumbai after his second visit to hospitals on Saturday.
While Maharashtra government has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 to those injured in the triple bomb blasts that rocked Mumbai on Wednesday, the Centre is giving an ex-gratia assistance of Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of deceased and Rs 1 lakh each for the seriously injured.
"Compensation to those incapacitated by the bomb blasts should be more. Also, the government should formulate a rehabilitation programme for such people," Deora said.
Deora citing an example of a dabbawala who lost both his legs the blasts, said he is writing to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue.
"He was the sole breadwinner of his family and now he will not be able to do his job of delivering lunch boxes to various offices. The government must think of people like him and go more," he added.