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Mulayam announces ex-gratia for survivors

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25,000 each to next of the kin of those who died due to JE.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2005 14:59 IST

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25,000 each to next of the kin of those who died due to Japanese encephalitis, belonging to below poverty line families, as the epidemic claimed close to 800 lives in the state so far.

He also announced a Rs 50,000 grant to each of the disabled due to the disease among the BPL for their treatment and an equipment to support them free of cost.

Yadav, who was in Gorakhpur to review the law and order situation and implementation of development work in the district and neighbouring Basti and Azamgargh divisions, said he has sought permission from the Centre to import encephalitis vaccines from Korea and China.

The Chief Minister said the state would use its own resources to buy the medicines from these countries once Centre approves.

He met MLAs and MPs from the three divisions who apprised him of ground situation in the area and asked the bureaucrats to implement developmental work in the manner that each penny meant for the poor are spent duly on them.

Meanwhile, the bandh called by the saffron brigade led by BJP to oppose state government's alleged apathy towards JE menace and erratic power supply evoked good response here as most of the shops in the city and the also the petrol pumps were closed but the vehicular traffic remained normal.

Local BJP MP Yogi Adityanath along with the party workers took out a procession to oppose government's policies.

The Congress party workers also staged a dharna in front of Gandhi statue in Gorakhpur.

First Published: Oct 05, 2005 14:59 IST