PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs2 lakh for those killed in Kolkata fire

PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs2 lakh for those killed in Kolkata fire

The Centre on Tuesday approved an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic fire in Kolkata, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.

A compensation of ₹50,000 will be given to those seriously injured, PMO said hours after a massive fire engulfed a high-rise building of the Eastern Railway at Kolkata’s Strand Road.

“Saddened by the loss of lives due to the fire tragedy in Kolkata. In this hour of sadness, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest,” PM Modi said in a tweet on Tuesday morning.

Nine people including four fire fighters, one Railway Protection Force personnel, an assistant sub-inspector of the Kolkata Police and one unidentified person died while fighting a massive blaze, fire service minister Sujit Bose said late Monday night.

The fire had broken out at the 13th floor of the Eastern Railway’s office in the evening.

News Source: Hindustan Times

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