Kerala govt to provide Rs 5L assistance to kin of those from state who died in Kuwait fire

The Kerala government on Thursday said it will provide Rs 5 lakh financial assistance to the families of the people from the state who died in the  kuwait fire tragedy  that claimed 49 lives and left 50 others injured.

The decision was taken at an emergency Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the morning, a statement issued by his office said.

The cabinet also decided to provide Rs one lakh financial assistance to those injured in the incident, it said.

A decision was taken to immediately send state Health Minister Veena George to Kuwait to coordinate the efforts to provide treatment for the injured people as well as ensure the earliest repatriation of the mortal remains of the deceased to Kerala, it further said.

The minister will be accompanied by Jeevan Babu, State Mission Director (NHM), it added.

The statement also said prominent businessmen M A Yusuff Ali and Ravi Pillai have informed the CM that they will provide Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh, respectively, to each of the families of the Keralites who died in the fire.

The assistance will be provided through Department of Non-Resident Keralites’ Affairs (NORKA) and with help from the two businessmen, families of each of those from the state who died in the incident will get Rs 12 lakh, the statement said.

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