HC issues notice on PIL seeking compensation for victims’ families
The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice of motion on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking compensation of `20 lakh for the families of two firemen killed in line of duty at Sector 17 in July.chandigarh Updated: Dec 02, 2014 12:14 IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice of motion on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking compensation of `20 lakh for the families of two firemen killed in line of duty at Sector 17 in July.
The bench of acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta issued the notice of motion on a petition by lawyer HC Arora, who had sought to make the Chandigarh administration and municipal corporation party in the case.
Arora also sought directions to frame a policy for giving compensation of `20 lakh to the dependents of any fireman dying during fire fighting operations, and specifically to the families of firemen Amardeep Singh and Ravinder Kumar, who died during the major fire at NIELIT building in Sector 17 on July 8.
The petitioner alleged that in spite of recommendations by the Chandigarh municipal corporation, neither did the local administration give any compensation to the dependents of these firemen nor rolled out any policy for awarding compensation to such aggrieved families.
He submitted that with effect from 2006, the central government had been paying `20 lakh as compensation to dependents of all central government employees, who died during service. However, the UT was yet to frame such a policy.
The petitioner also submitted that the staff strength of fire services in UT Chandigarh had not been increased since 1971, when the population of Chandigarh was just around 2.57 lakh. A proposal sent by the Chandigarh MC to the administration for enhancing the staff strength of the fire services was hanging fire for over two years, he added.
He also submitted that due to paucity of infrastructure and staff during fire incident reported in July, the hydraulic ladder reached 90 minutes late and area was cordoned off almost three hours after the fire, even as the civil defence team was informed over five hours after the fire broke out.
The HC has issued the notice for March 2.