PMO asks families of Palin fire victims to open bank account

Last Updated: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 17:30

Itanagar: The Prime Minister`s Office
has directed the Kurung Kumey district administration
to ask the kin of each victim of the February 10 school hostel
fire in Palin in Arunachal Pradesh to open bank accounts to
receive exgratia.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised to give
exgratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each of the ten
students of Holy Angel Don Bosco school killed in the fire
and Rs 1 lakh to each of the injured from his National Relief
Fund when a four member delegation led by Takam Sanjay, MP,
met him on February 7 in New Delhi.

According to the Additional Deputy Commissioner
Chakku Takar the district authorities today received a letter
from PMO directing them to inform beneficiaries to open
accounts.

Takar said that most beneficiaries lived in remote
villages near the China border and did not have bank accounts
and the district administration was trying to contact them.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had handed over Rs 20
lakh on February 12 to the district authorities as immediate
relief.

He had also promised government jobs to a family
member of each of the dead students, for which the process was
on, Takar said.

Meanwhile, the principal of the school Rev Joe,
teachers and staff, who had fled here after the fire, have
returned to Palin.

The bodies of ten students, which were buried in the
school compound by their parents were reburied.

The authorities were planning to reopen the school on
June one.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 17:30

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