Rs 10-cr Package For People Hit By J&K Ammo Fire
29 August 2007
The Times of India
New Delhi: Concerned at the large-scale devastation caused by the fire at the Army's Khundroo ammunition depot in J&K on August 11, which killed at least 20 people, the defence ministry on Wednesday announced an interim assistance package of Rs 10 crore. 'This is just the first step to provide relief to the affected people. The Rs 10 crore will be adjusted against the final payment to be made towards compensation to the state government,' said an official. The decision to implement a series of measures to provide relief to victims of the conflagration was taken at a meeting chaired by defence minister A K Antony on Tuesday night. Apart from the people killed and injured, around 1,000 houses were destroyed in the blaze, which also damaged crops on about 6,000 hectares. Under the package, Rs 2.5 lakh is being given to the next of kin of those killed. Of this, the J&K government will pay Rs 1.5 lakh, while the rest Rs 1 lakh will come from the Army. 'People whose 'pucca' houses were destroyed will get a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh each, while it will be Rs 50,000 for a 'kutcha' house. For partially damaged houses, the compensation will be Rs 50,000 per 'pucca' house and Rs 25,000 per 'kutcha' house,' the official said. 'The compensation for damage to crop, standing fruit trees, orchards, perennial crops and for cattle and birds killed will be as per rates specified under norms of assistance from the calamity relief fund as laid down by the home ministry,' he added.