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Compensation eludes victims' kin

punjab Updated: Apr 24, 2012 11:24 IST
Balwinder Kumar

Neither the state government nor industrial associations of the city have provided ex gratia to families of many victims of the factory building collapse case.

So far, 23 bodies have been recovered from the debris. Relatives have since cremated their dead after the administration handed over the bodies after proper verification and post mortem.

The bereaved kin are now returning to their respective home states after the cremations, though they are yet to receive the announced compensation.

The administration too has not informed them about the time they would get the compensation and the amount thereof.

Chandrawati, who lost her husband Bhagwan Dass in the mishap, told HT that she would leave for her village in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday morning. Asked whether she had got the Rs 3-lakh compensation announced by the Punjab government to the family of each deceased, she said that "no one from the administration had conveyed to them when they would get the compensation".

Similarly, Sanjiv Kumar of Bihar, who has been working in the city and lost his brother Vinod Kumar in the building collapse, said that he had no information about the compensation.

Pathlu Rai, also from Bihar, whose grandson was killed in the mishap, has also not received the compensation.
The state government has announced Rs 65,000 compensation to seriously injured workers and Rs 45,000 to those with minor injuries. Some of the injured have since been given compensation.

The injured, who are under treatment, too have not received any money. Manjo Bhagar, 40, who lost his leg in the incident, told HT that he had got only Rs 5,000 from the factory management.

Bhagar's wife Mala Devi, who had come from Bihar to see her husband, said they did not have any money as the sole breadwinner of the family was bed-ridden. Mala Devi said she and other relatives, who came from Bihar, are dependent on the food provided at the civil hospital by industrial and social organisations. Similar is the case of relatives of other injured, who are admitted to the local civil hospital.

Deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti assured that the compensation to the victims would be provided on Tuesday.

Will give when govt provides damages: industrialists

Narinder Singh Saggu, president, Focal Point Extension Association, and other industrial associations had announced that they would also provide Rs 1 lakh to the family of each deceased and Rs 50,000 to each injured.

Saggu was, however, unsure when the compensation would be provided. He added they would give money when the government decides to provide compensation.