Perne victims are yet to get money, house

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Mangalore, May 15: More than one month after the LPG tanker accident that left 10 persons dead in Dakshina Kannada district’s Perne, the families of the victims are yet to get compensation promised by the government. 

While the Karnataka government is yet to get its act together, the district administration has already distributed Rs 1 lakh to the next of the dead and Rs 50,000 to the injured. The district chapter of the Indian Red Cross Society distributed relief kits worth Rs 5,000 to the people affected by the inferno. 

The Perne Gas Tanker Accident Victims’ Rehabilitation Committee, formed soon after the accident, has raised Rs 5 lakh from the public to aid the victims. 

Committee president Kodimbady Ashok Kumar Rai said they would distribute the amount very soon. 

He said: “Families which lost their property in the accident are staying with their relatives, waiting for the compensation to start reconstructing their houses. Insurance may take months to come through. But no efforts have been made by the government to rehabilitate or compensate the victims.” 

Additional deputy commissioner K A Dayanand said the Bantwal tahsildar has been asked to submit a proposal to rehabilitate the victims. 

“The tahsildar’s task is to find a patch of land where the families could build their houses. The land on which these families stayed belongs to the National Highways. We will submit the proposal to the government in this regard,” he said, adding the victims must claim their insurance through the transport company.


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