New Delhi: Delhi Government on Wednesday
announced a compensation of Rs two lakh to the next of kin of
a man who died following exposure to radioactive material at a
scrapyard in the city.
Rajender, 35, a worker at a shop in Mayapuri scrap
market, had died due to multiple organ failure on Monday at
the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
"We have sanctioned Rs two lakh to the family of
Rajender. The government will also ensure proper education for
his children," Health Minister Kiran Walia said.
Rajender was among eight persons who fell ill earlier
this month after coming in contact with a radioactive material
which was later identified as Cobalt-60.
Asked about steps being taken by the city government
to contain such incidents, Walia said government was in the
process of procuring an equipment to detect radioactive
Cobalt-60 is a radioactive isotope of cobalt, which is
a hard, lustrous, grey metal. It is used in cancer therapy
machines and other medical equipment.