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Ghaziabad admin gives Rs 2.12 lakh to women who lost her hands to electricity line

The move comes a couple of days after district magistrate Ministhy S ordered an inquiry be conducted by Rajesh Yadav, additional district magistrate (finance & revenue), into the incident to fix culpability.

noida Updated: Jun 24, 2017 23:23 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Neelam Kumari, 30, lost both hands after she came into contact with an 11 KV high-tension wire hanging outside the balcony of her flat in Ghaziabad.
Neelam Kumari, 30, lost both hands after she came into contact with an 11 KV high-tension wire hanging outside the balcony of her flat in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The district administration officials on Saturday handed over a cheque of Rs 2.12 lakh to 30-year-old Neelam Kumari, who lost both her hands after coming in touch with an electricity cable hanging near her first-floor flat balcony.

The move comes a couple of days after district magistrate Ministhy S ordered an inquiry be conducted by Rajesh Yadav, additional district magistrate (finance & revenue), into the incident to fix culpability.

The inquiry officer directed the electricity department to arrange the compensation and the cheque was handed over to Neelam Kumari.

“The cheque of Rs 2.12 lakh was handed over to her. This is the maximum compensation that can be given to her, as per norms. However, we are trying to get her more financial assistance from associations and NGOs. We will try to provide her more relief,” Yadav said.

However, the family said the incident shattered their entire lives and a new set of artificial limb will cost around Rs 20 lakh.

“We received a quotation for single artificial limb with which my wife would be able to write and work. This That itself costs nearly Rs 20 lakh. The compensation amount is not sufficient to meet the cost of an artificial limb. We hope the officials will extend us more financial help,” said Vinay Kumar, Neelam’s husband.

Neelam and Vinay are from Bihar and shifted a decade ago to Delhi for better job prospects. They shifted to DLF Ankur Vihar in Loni and bought a builder’s flat after obtaining a bank loan.

On the morning of April 27, Neelam was drying clothes on her balcony when she suffered an electric shock from 11KV electricity cable hanging nearby. Two days later, she was to appear for her bank probationary entrance examination but she lost that opportunity to the tragic incident.

The family said they have got a lot of support from neighbours and local leaders but the cost of an artificial limb will be too difficult for them to meet.

“We will meet the district magistrate and tell her about our plight and see if she will be willing to extend more help to bring Neelam’s life back to normal,” Vinay said.