Badal announces Rs 1 lakh ex-gratia for Hemkund victims

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Chandigarh, Jun 24 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs One lakh each for the next of kin of the pilgrims who were killed on way to Hemkund Sahib Shrine due to avalanche near Hemkund Sahib in Uttarakhand on Monday.

Deeply mourning the sad and tragic demise of eight pilgrims who were killed and 7 others who were injured in the incident, the chief minister also announced a grant Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 each for mishap victim with serious and minor injuries respectively.

Mr Badal today called up Uttrakhand Chief Minister Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri and urged him to intensify the rescue operations to extricate the bodies buried under the glacier.

He also asked Mr Khanduri to make necessary arrangements for the transportation of the bodies after their identification to respective places in Punjab besides to provide proper medical care and treatment to the injured. The entire expenditure on their treatment would be borne by the Punjab Government.

Mr Badal also directed the State Chief Secretary and Director General of Police to be in touch with their counterparts in Uttrakhand to keep a close tab on the situation.

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