TEZPUR, April 29 - Urging the State Government to show sympathy to the families of the victims of the Tawang landslide, Ashok Singhal, the BJP candidate for Dhekiajuli LAC, has demanded compensation to the next of kin of those killed in the incident.
Singhal visited the bereaved families at Dighaljuri village recently. He alleged that the State Government has not provided any assistance to these families. They are citizens of Assam and the State Government should shoulder its responsibility in this regard. Singhal also urged the owner of the luxury hotel in which construction these workers were engaged, to provide compensation to their bereaved families.
Jiten Orang’s child, who reads in Class VI, is without any support after being orphaned. Singhal promised that he would look after the youngster’s academic career till Class X. “I have provided an assistance of Rs 5,000 to each family,” he claimed. He added the Arunachal Pradesh Government, too, has also provided Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the victims.
Moreover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced an amount of Rs 2 lakh to these families as compensation, Singhal stated, alleging that the State Government is yet to show any compassion towards these families.
Rana Pratap Baruah, general secretary of the AJYCP, expressing concern over the State Government’s alleged lack of assistance till date, commented that the State Government should realise these poor people went outside the State in search of jobs due to lack of employment opportunities here. “So it should be the responsibility of the State Government to provide help to these families. Despite the announcements of compensation by the Central Government and the Arunachal Pradesh Government, our own Government is yet to show any accountability in this regard,” he rued.