Badal, Bhattal Console Fire-hit Families

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Old 04-May-2008
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Midhu Khera/Tharajwala May 4:
To comfort families of victims of the fire which engulfed fields in the Malwa belt on Thursday, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, today visited the villages in Muktsar district.
The CM gave only assurance to the bereaved families, giving excuse of the election code of conduct in force due to rural bodies’ elections. The Chief Minister visited Midhu Khera village where he met Soma (18), a plus II student, who due to smoke has suffered respiratory problem. He asked the family to shift her to Ludhiana for treatment and assured treatment would taken care of by the government.
After that he met the family of deceased Bimla (32) and her daughter Mamta (14), a student of class VII, and assured her husband Om Parkash for a fixed income in the name of his three children (aged 10, four and two years) and also handed over a cheque of Rs 10,000 on the spot. It has been reported that Badal has assured him of compensation of Rs 2 lakh, but after the elections.
He then moved to Tharaj Wala village, where he met the family members of deceased Agwan Kaur (65), belonging to the Dalit community, who was burnt alive and assured support to the family. The CM said, “Investigation has been initiated and the loss assessment report has reached the Finance Department, which will decide compensation”.
Meanwhile, Bhattal too visited the affected villages. After a halt at Bathinda and Badal villages, she too in a cavalcade, visited Midhu Khera, Tharaj Wala and Bhullar villages and assured the families of her support. She even sought the photographs of members of the victim families, with a promise to put up the case to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC chief Sonia Gandhi. As leader of the Opposition, she assured to support the ruling party to pass a Bill or enact a law banning burning of straw in wheat fields.

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