Punjab govt hands over Rs 5 lakh cheques to kin of deceased


Punjab Government today disbursed the compensation amount of Rs. 5 lakh each to 21 families of the deceased who were killed in Amritsar rail tragedy happened on Dushehra festival.

In the first phase of the disbursal of compensation amount, today an event was held at circuit house Amritsar, in which total amount of Rs. 1 crore 5 lakh was disbursed to 21 families of the deceased.

Cheques were handed over by Mr. Brahm Mohindra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, Local Bodies Minister and Mr. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria in the presence of Mr. Sunil Jakhar, President Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, Mr. Sunil Datti, MLA and other senior officers.

Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that though Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is presently abroad on official visit but he regularly takes stock of the situation by calling number of times in a day.

He is personally ensuring that every wounded person is getting best medical treatment. He said that after the rail tragedy happened, the first task of the district administration was to take all the wounded persons to the hospital for urgent medical care.

He said after this task was over, district administration worked day and night to console the victims’ families and they prepared a list of legal heirs of the deceased.

He said that 21 families of the deceased have been given the compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each. He said that in the next two days compensation amount be disbursed to the remaining families of the victims.

“It is such a depressing time for the families of the victim, the Punjab government is standing rock solid with the aggrieved families, on the instruction of Chief Minister I am camping at Amritsar to personally monitor the relief and rehabilitation work.” said Mr. Brahm Mohindra.

Mr. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria said that the compensation amount has been equally distributed among the families of the victims.

He said soon the remaining families of the victims be provided with the compensation amount. Mamta Datta, Congress Leader, Mr. Vikas Heera, S.D.M. and other senior officers were also present during the event.

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