Kolkata: The West Bengal government Thursday
said that the families of the missing passengers in Jnaneswari
Express disaster would be given compensation as announced.
"Families of missing passengers of Jnaneswari Express
disaster will be given compensation worth Rs two lakh each as
announced by the state government. The matter relating to
death certificates being a barrier for issuing compensation to
the missing persons is being looked into," Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told reporters.
The disaster, occurred on May 28, claimed 148 lives. Of
the deceased, 39 bodies still remained unidentified.
Problems emerged for issuing compensation to the missing
persons by the state government in the absence of death certificates.
Five of the 39 missing families met the state Home
Secretary G D Gautama a few days ago and urged him to release
compensation to them claiming that the railways had already
given each of them Rs five lakh compensation as announced on
the basis of some documents other than death certificates.
Families of two victims Ajuddin Sheikh and Mahatab Fakir
from Tehatta in Nadia district today came to the state
secretariat urging compensation on the same ground.