Jalandhar collapse: Help desk vanishes as rescue operation ends
As the rescue operation mounted by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) at the Shital Fibres building collapse site ended on Tuesday, industrialists who had set up a help desk at the civil hospital to extend relief to the kin of victims have removed it, leaving the patients in a lurch.punjab Updated: Apr 25, 2012 20:03 IST
As the rescue operation mounted by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) at the Shital Fibres building collapse site ended on Tuesday, industrialists who had set up a help desk at the civil hospital to extend relief to the kin of victims have removed it, leaving the patients in a lurch.
During a visit to the civil hospital, HT team found four patients, including two whose lower limbs were amputated to save their lives, recuperating, though there was nobody from the district administration or even from industrialists' body to extend help to the migrant victims.
While the victims of the mishap were lying in the general ward, industrialist Shital Vij, booked under Sections 304 and 120B of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act, was getting "VIP treatment" in a private room in another section of the hospital amid heavy security deployed with the task of not allowing media persons from reaching him.
Anil Kumar, who received injury on his left hand, said "Till Tuesday, industrialists had given me medicines and food, but nobody came to the ward on Wednesday."
Pankaj Kumar, another victim of the building collapse, also rued that "Apart from industrialists, even the district administration official today did not visit the hospital, unlike yesterday when a number of people visited us to inquire after our health".
It was learnt that Vij was taken for x-ray and other tests though the doctor on duty refused to divulge his health condition.
Meanwhile, when asked about removal of the help desk, an industrialist who was in charge, Sharad Aggarwal, maintained that since most patients had been discharged from the hospital, there was no logic in manning it round the clock.
"Our people are visiting the hospital frequently to know about the requirements of patients and their relatives so to provide them medicines and food," he claimed.
Industrialists yet to collect compensation amount
After announcing a compensation of Rs one lakh to kin of each of the killed victims, industrials are yet to initiate the process to collect Rs 23 lakh for disbursement to bereaved families.
"We will call a meeting of our core committee in a days of two to initiate the process of collection. So far, some commitments have already been made for donating the money," association of focal point industries president told Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the association was banking on financial help from Shital Vij so as to give compensation to the victims, as industrialists were finding it hard to collect the amount from its members.