Ex-gratia announced for accident victims

P L Uniyal. Dated: 7/17/2017 9:59:37 AM

Rajnath speaks to Mehbooba

NEW DELHI, Jul 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the Amarnath pilgrims killed in a bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.
“PM announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakhs for next of kin of those killed & Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured, in the bus accident in J&K (sic),” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.
Earlier the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed grief over the loss of lives in the bus accident wherein 16 pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured after a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims fell into a gorge near Ramban in Jammu.
The Prime Minister took to Twitter to express his solidarity with the kin of the deceased.
“Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris due to a bus accident in J&K. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” Modi said. “I pray that those injured in the bus accident in J&K recover soon,” he added.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that he had spoken to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister regarding the accident.
“My heart goes out to the families of Amarnath Yatris who lost their loved ones in the bus accident. My prayers are with the injured,” the Home Minister said in a tweet.
“Spoke to J&K CM Mehbooba Muftiji regarding the unfortunate accident of the bus carrying Amarnath Yatris near Ramban. Mehboobaji has apprised me of the ongoing rescue operations. The injured Amarnath Yatris are being airlifted for treatment in Jammu,” he further tweeted.



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