Compensation of 60 lakH Paid by CM to the Deceased Family of a Manual Scavenger: Haryana

Chandigarh October 29: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, here  today, presented cheques worth of about Rs 60 lakh as compensation to the family members of nine sewer personnel’s who lost their lives while cleaning sewer in different parts  of the state.
It is the present State Government which has identified causalities in work of sewer cleaning since 1993 till date and decided to pay compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the affected family. Total 19 such families has been identified from all over the State.
Out of compensation of Rs 1.90 crore, compensation amounting to Rs 1.30 crores has already been paid in accounts of family members of the deceased, while the cheques of balance amount of about Rs 60 lakh were disbursed by Mr Manohar Lal here today.
Mr Manohar Lal presented cheque of Rs 10 lakh as compensation to Mrs Shakuntla Devi resident of Hanuman Gate, Balmiki Basti Bhiwani, cheque of Rs 7,40,467 to Mr Hukam Chand of village Busana district Rohtak, cheque of Rs 7,42,000 to Mrs Krishna of village Moi Hooda district Sonipat, cheque of Rs 7,10,683 to Mrs Anita of village Ludana district Jind, cheque of Rs 3,17,262 to Mrs Santosh of village Kakroi district Sonipat, cheque of Rs 6,21,525 each to Mrs Nisha and Mrs Seema  of village Asan Kalan and village Bahandri of district Panipat respectively and Mrs Suresh Rani and Mrs Suman both of village Nohra  district Panipat.
Mr Manohar Lal expressed his sympathy to the deceased family members and inquired about their family and source of livelihood. He said that directions had been issued to the Public Health Engineering Department to identify causalities in work of sewer cleaning throughout the State since 1993 so that compensation could be given to their family members.
Additional Chief Secretary, Public Health Engineering Mr Rajiv Arora informed that Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has approved an insurance scheme for the sewer personnel’s and the same has been sent for the approval of Finance Department. Apart from this, it has also been decided that the sewer personnel’s would also be covered under different schemes of Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department.
Mr Arora informed that the department has formulated and issued strict guidelines to the field functionaries that only trained persons be allowed to enter into sewer with all precautions and safety measures only in unavoidable circumstances. To train, all the regular, temporary and contractual staff, a special campaign through agencies having specialization in this field has been launched by the Department. Till date, 631 sewer personnel have been trained under 12 circles of Public Health Engineering Department, he added.
Among those present on this occasion included Director General, Information, Public Relations and Languages Mr Sameer Pal Srow and Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr Rajiv Jain.

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