AI Mishap: CM should intervene to help kin of vict

Kerala Association of Travel Agents on Thursday urged Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to intervene to get adequate compensation for the next of kin of victims of Air India plane crash at Mangalore last year.

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2011, 23:57 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Association of
Travel Agents on Thursday urged Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to
intervene to get adequate compensation for the next of kin of
victims of Air India plane crash at Mangalore last year.

In a statement here,Association President K V Muraleedharan
and General Secretary Channankara M P Kunju said it was
unfortunate Air India had not come forward to award a decent
compensation to the families even one year after the accident.

"It is unfortunate that families of even Keralite victims
in the tragedy have not yet received compensation though the
Civil Aviation Minister and Aviation Director are Keralites,"
he said in the statement.

The Association welcomed the High Court verdict, which said
the families are entitled to Rs 75 lakh as compensation.

The Civil Aviation Ministry had declared Rs 66 lakh as
compensation for kin of victims after assessing the extent of
the tragedy last year, but the promise was never kept, the
statement said.

The Association wanted the Chief Minister to urgently take
up the matter with the Centre and take steps to get the
compensation amount to families of victims.

PTI