Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the children killed in the accident at Muhawa village on September 20, when a rashly driven school van fell into a drain. He also announced that the government would be taking up the responsibility for the study of the siblings of the deceased and they would be provided education free of cost.
Majithia, who was accompanied by another minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, was in the village to attend the bhog ceremony of the deceased children on Thursday. He also met the families of the students, who were injured in the accident.
Majithia said that the state government would get the injured children treated in hospitals and announced Rs 50,000 each for the families of the injured children.
Majithia announced a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and free education for Class-11 student Karanbir Singh who, despite being injured, rescued many students after the accident.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which had taken the onus of bearing expenditure on the bhog ceremony, also announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 each to the kin of the deceased. The DAV school management has offered all possible assistance to the families of the killed as well as the injured students.