Bhilai steel plant blast: 11 dead, Rs 30 lakh for kin

Bhilai steel plant blast: 11 dead, Rs 30 lakh for kin

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New Delhi, Oct 10: Union Minister of Steel Chaudhary Birender Singh on Wednesday announced compensation of Rs 30 lakh each to the families of those who lost their lives and Rs 15 lakh each for those who were seriously injured in the Bhilai steel plant blast.

Mr Singh, who reached Bhilai in the morning, said Rs 2 lakh each would be given to those with minor injuries.

Two senior officials of the steel plant, Mr Singh added, have been suspended and its CEO divested of his duties for the occurrence of the accident.

The Minister directly reached the hospital to enquire about the treatment being given and condition of those injured in yesterday’s fire. He also interacted with their family members.

Families of the deceased will receive statutory compensation ranging from Rs 33 to 90 lakh in addition to the compensation announced by the Minister.

The Minister also directed Steel Authority of India Ltd to provide employment to the next of kin who died in the accident and free education to be given to children up to graduation level.

'Two more employees have succumbed to their injuries taking the total death toll to eleven. Ten persons continue to receive treatment in the burns ward of Bhilai Steel Plant Hospital and two persons are admitted in the ICU in critical condition,' according to a statement here.

Dr Maneesh Singhal, Head of Department of Burns Unit of AIIMS, Delhi, has reached Bhilai and expressed satisfaction with the treatment being provided in the BSP hospital.

The Steel Ministry is in the process of setting up an external committee of experts and orders will be issued soon.

Mr Singh held an internal meeting of SAIL officials after his visit to the hospital and directed that one senior official of Bhilai Steel Plant be made responsible for all rehabilitation measures to the families of those who have lost their lives and those who are injured and ensure that all payments are made promptly.

Minister of State for Steel Vishnudeo Sai, Steel Secretary, Binoy Kumar and SAIL Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary had rushed to Bhilai on Tuesday evening. (UNI)