Bhilai Steel Plant tragedy: CEO removed, 2 suspended

Bhilai Steel Plant tragedy: CEO removed, 2 suspended

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Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, Oct 10: A day after 12 employees were killed and 13 others injured during a blaze that erupted due to gas leakage in the Steel Authority of India's Bhilai Steel Plant, Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh today removed Chief Executive Officer M Ravi with immediate effect and suspended the General Manager (Security) and the General Manager (Energy).

Mr Singh, who visited the Plant along with Chief Minister Raman Singh and met the injured in hospital, provided the information while talking to media here.

He said that the Steel Ministry would constitute a committee comprising experts from across the country to probe into the incident – in addition to a committee already formed by the SAIL – and submit a report within seven days. He assured that the guilty would not be spared.

Mr Singh said that the announcement of a new CEO would be done by this evening.

He said that nine people died in the Plant itself whereas three others succumbed during treatment. A decision has been taken to provide Rs 30 lakh ex-gratia to the deceased's kin, Rs 15 lakh financial assistance to seriously wounded and Rs 2 lakh to other wounded.

Mr Singh said that government jobs would be provided to the kin of the deceased and those seriously wounded. In the event of their kin not being keen on job, salary for the remaining period of service would be provided. (UNI)