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Punjab-origin amputee gets Rs 37 lakh relief from Abu Dhabi firm on embassy intervention

Was earlier offered a mere 5,750 dirhams (Rs 1 lakh) by the company as final settlement.

punjab Updated: Jun 23, 2018 12:26 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service, Abu Dhabi

A Punjab-origin man in Abu Dhabi, who lost his hands and legs following an injury at work, has been paid 2,02,000 dirhams ($54,994 or Rs 37 lakh) as compensation by his company after the intervention of the Indian embassy here, the media reported.

Gurbinder Singh was earlier offered a mere 5,750 dirhams (Rs 1 lakh) by the company as final settlement and was also terminated from his job, Khaleej Times reported on Thursday.

However, the Indian embassy held discussions with Singh’s employer and after a series of follow-ups by embassy officials, the company raised the settlement amount to 202,000 dirhams.

On June 20, the company representatives presented a cheque and financial contributions from the staff to Singh’s wife Rajwinder Kaur.

Singh, who worked as a crane operator for a private company in Abu Dhabi, had injured his knee at the company site on Zirku Island on February 24.

According to a medical report, Singh was diagnosed with septic shock (a serious medical condition following an infection) and severe left knee necrotising cellulitis (bacterial infection), which required surgical removal of foreign material and dead tissue from injury to prevent the spread of infection. By the second week of April, doctors advised him amputation to save his life. He was discharged from hospital on May 14.

After receiving 202,000 dirhams, Singh said the amount will help fund the education of his two children. His wife said the embassy has offered great help and also appreciated the gesture from the company.

Rajwinder is said to have received assistance from community organisations and people.

First Published: Jun 23, 2018 12:26 IST