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Tuki announces ex-gratia to Daporijo fire victim

Posted on Feb 13, 10:06AM | UNI

Itanagar, Feb 12 : Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today expressed concern over frequent fire mishaps in the state with the latest report coming from Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district of the state.

As per official reports, a massive fire broke out at Daporijo on February 10 killing three persons, including a pregnant woman, and injuring six others. Several houses were gutted in the inferno rendering more than 100 families homeless.

Expressing grief over the death of three people, the Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.

He has also directed the Relief Department to assess the loss as well as provide relief assistance to all victims of the accident as per official norms. He also assured the victims of the Pasighat fire mishap of relief assistance according to laid down norms.

The Chief Minister appealed to the people to take preventive and safety measures to avoid such incidents. He said despite repeated appeals, people hardly paid attention to safety measures while installing power connections and burning candles, kerosene lamps and fireplaces in their homes.

'Fire mishaps are results of our own carelessness and therefore, we need to voluntarily take preventive measures for our own good,' he said in a statement today.

He also directed the district administrations to create awareness in respective districts especially in areas and colonies prone to such mishaps besides keeping fire fighting machineries on high alert during the winter season and power black-outs. Mourning the death of a pregnant mother and her two daughters, the Chief Minister prayed for strength to the bereaved family members to bear the loss.