STATE GOVT. WILL GIVE ADEQUATE COMPENSATION TO IRAQ VICTIMS’ KIN BUT CENTRE SHOULD ALSO PITCH IN, SAYS PUNJAB CM
ORDERS IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF FEB & MARCH PAYMENTS, IN PLACE OF QUARTERLY PAYOUT, ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS
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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday promised adequate compensation by the state government for the families of the Iraq victims but reiterated his demand for the Centre also to recompense them since the tragedy had occurred overseas.
The Chief Minister, on compassionate grounds, also ordered immediate release of Rs. 20000 as monthly pension to each of the bereaved families for February and March 2018, waiving off the condition of quarterly payouts. The DCs have been asked to disburse the pension amount immediately, he added.
Dismissing as false the allegation made by Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia that the families of the victims had not been paid compensation by the state government for the past six months, the Chief Minister said payment had been made till January 31, 2018, as of yesterday. With the release of the next two months’ pension, the payment was now completely up to date, he added.
Talking to mediapersons at the state Assembly, he clarified that the state government had been paying the monthly pension to 24 families, of which it so far had information.
The Chief Minister had earlier informed the House that, as per the information received from the Ministry of External Affairs, there are 27 victims from Punjab, of whom 11 hailed from Majha region and 11 from Doaba, with the remaining were from other parts of the state.