Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the kin of the children who died in the recent school van tragedy at Muhawa village.
Amarinder visited all the five families who lost their children in the tragedy. Two families have lost two children each. He also met some of the injured students. The former chief minister sought registration of cases against the school principal and the transport contractor who provided buses to the school. He was told that most of the buses ferrying children had been declared “condemned”. Also, drivers of these vehicles were not properly trained, he was told.
“The onus lies on the contractor and equally on the school principal, who allowed these buses to run,” said Amarinder, adding the district transport officer (DTO) should also be held accountable for allowing such condemned buses on roads.
Responding to the request of the locals, Capt also announced a memorial for the deceased kids besides announcing a reward of Rs 50,000 each to the two villagers and a student who helped in rescuing the children. He said he will also recommend the name of the boy for the national bravery award as he had risked his own life to save others.
Besides visiting the families of the accident victims, Amarinder visited the accident site. He said he was told that there were about 25 such dilapidated bridges in the area, which needed immediate repairs. “I will be writing to the army commander for carrying out the repairs as all these bridges fall under the army’s jurisdiction,” he said.
The state Congress chief also asked the government to increase the compensation for such incidents from a meagre amount of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. He said the government has a provision to award such relief and the chief minister has a lot of discretionary funds that can be utilised during such tragedies.