Delhi govt sets up cell for HC blast victims

Delhi government set up a `special cell` to address grievances of the affected people of High Court blast victims and facilitate their rehabilitation.

New Delhi: In the wake of complaints of
inadequate compensation to High Court blast victims, Delhi
government on Tuesday set up a `special cell` to address grievances
of the affected people and facilitate their rehabilitation.

The move came soon after victims and their families
complained to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit about "inadequate
compensation" during her visit to RML hospital where the
injured are undergoing treatment.

Following the complain, the Chief Minister directed
senior officials of Health and Revenue Department to set up
the cell and consider each and every case of the victims "very

In the hospital, Dikshit individually met 14 victims who
are undergoing treatment in Resuscitation Unit, Ortho Trauma
Centre and ICU and assured them all possible help and "best
medical treatment" even after their discharge from the

The victims expressed concern about their future and
sought permanent rehabilitation. Dikshit said the cell will
look into all concerns and demands of the victims and try to
provide feasible solutions.

After the blast last Tuesday, Dikshit had announced a
compensation of Rs four lakh each to the families of those
killed in the blast while Rs 2 lakh compensation was announced
for those permanently incapacitated, besides Rs 10,000 for
those sustaining minor injuries.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced a
compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of those killed
and Rs one lakh to the injured in the blast.

Officials said the `special cell` will be located in the
office of the Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) of New Delhi
district located at Jam Nagar House near the India Gate.

They said the victims conveyed their satisfaction to
Dikshit about the treatment in the hospital and appreciated
efforts of the doctors and other para-medical staff.

Dikshit instructed the health department to provide
required medical help to the victims at any Delhi
government-run hospitals even after their discharge from RML

"The victims will be provided regular medical care at the
government-run hospital nearest to their residence," said an

A group of family members of the victims had yesterday met
Dikshit demanding better compensation and help as well as
government jobs.


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