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NTPC blast: PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each

SNS | New Delhi |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the people who lost their lives and Rs 50,000 each for injured in the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) boiler blast in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh.

Prime Minister’s office tweeted the announcement of the ex-gratia.

The state government has ordered a magisterial probe, while the NTPC has also launched a probe into the incident which it said took place due to “excess ash deposition” in the furnace.

The boiler blast at the NTPc’s unit in Raebareli took place on Wednesday and has till now claimed lives of 26 people. The coal-fired plant is owned by NTPC Ltd, and has now been shut down after the accident. NTPC operated the 550 Mega Watt power plant of Uttar Pradesh, which is named after Feroze Gandhi, husband of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Earlier on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Mauritius on a three-day visit, had announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of those killed, Rs 50,000 each to those seriously injured, and Rs 25,000 each to those with less grave injuries.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi who asked the administration to provide immediate relief to the victims, visited the blast site and met the families of the victim on Thursday and took stock of relief operations being carried by authorities.

Rahul took a break from election campaigning in poll-bound Gujarat to visit Raebareli — the parliamentary constituency of his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Raebareli is the parliamentary constituency of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. She expressed shock and horror at the tragedy and asked party workers to help in the relief operations.

O Wednesday, Union Minister Piyush wrote a condolence message on Twitter and “prayed” for the recovery of the injured in the accident.

(With agency inputs)