Raj Govt announces package for stampede victims

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Jaipur, Oct 4 (UNI) The Rajasthan Government today announced rehabilitation package for the victims of September 30 Chamunda Temple stampede in Jodhpur which includes enhancement of one time exgratia to the next of kin of the deceased from the present Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

The state cabinet, which held its meeting here this afternoon to condole the deaths of 224 people in the tragedy at the Mehrangarh, also decided to provide monthly maintenance allowance to minors and dependent parents of the deceased and/or permanently disabled persons.

Boy child of such victims whose family income is less than 5 lakh per annum will get Rs 4,000 per month for maintenance with provision of 5 per cent annual hike till the age of 18, Government spokesman and PWD Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said.

Aged parents of the victims who were solely dependent on them would also get Rs 2000 per month as maintenance allowance.

Girl child besides, this maintenance allowance, would also get Rs 2 lakh fixed deposit, which would be payable to her after attaining the age of 18, Mr Rathore said.

The rehabitation package also have provisions for financial assistance for education and vocational training of such children and medical insurance for dependent parents of the victims, Mr Rathore said.

The cabinet also decided to constitute a cabinet sub-committee under the chaimanship of Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria for suggesting measures to prevent recurrance of such tragic incidents elsewhere in the state.

The committee would submit its report within a fortnight and another administraive committee headed by Chief Secretary DC Samant would ensure due implementation of the suggestions.

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