No compensation for kin of Bawana fire victims till CM Kejriwal finds time to personally hand it out
The family members of the victims who lost their lives in the recent Bawana industrial fire are still waiting to receive their compensation cheques.
They have allegedly been asked to wait till Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal personally hands over the cheques to them.
This has come as a jolt to the victims families who were called to sub-divisional magistrates office to collect the cheque but were sent back and told they will have to wait for Kejriwals availability.
We tried contacting the Delhi government for its official comment but despite several calls and text messages, no response was received.
The cheques have arrived as per the order from the labour commission. We are least concerned about who gives the cheque to us. But keeping us waiting with an excuse they have not decided on who would be giving us cheque is inhuman," said Shiv, brother of Roop Prakash, who died in the mishap.
"It has been a struggle to live without my wife after the tragedy. I was happy when I received the call for collecting the cheque but was saddened to know that the wait has not ended here. I do not live in Delhi, every time I get a call to the office I have to incur a huge expense. From where will I get the money for this?" said Mahipal, who lost his wife Sukhda in the fire.
The fire that gutted the firecracker unit in outer Delhis Bawana industrial area in January this year, took lives of ten women and seven men.
Bawana is one of the capitals deadliest industrial tragedies since 57 people were killed in a chemical market complex in 1999. Sanjeev Kumar Ojha, the counsel for the victims, said that it was not fair on part of the authorities to withhold the compensation cheques after calling them here.
"The government needs to be sympathetic for the victims as they have already lost their loved ones and are in financial need, Ojha said.
When contacted the office of Narelas sub-divisional magistrate, an official on the request of anonymity told Mail Today that although the compensation cheques have arrived, there has been no discussion on who would hand over these cheques to the families.
It could be either the chief minister or a top babu. "We have no directions for distributing the cheques. The families were called to verify the address, he said.