NTPC Blast: Death toll rises to 22, PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each
New Delhi : As death toll in tragic NTPC boiler blast at Rae Bareily rose to 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the people who lost their lives.
Rs 50,000 will be given to those who were injured in the state-run National Thermal Power Corp plant blast on Wednesday.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister's office via its official Twitter handle. The tweet read, "Prime Minister narendramodi has apprved an ex- gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the accident at the NTPC plant in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh. PM has approved Rs. 50,000 each for those injured due to the accident."
Prime Minister @narendramodi has approved an ex- gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the accident at the NTPC plant in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh. PM has approved Rs. 50,000 each for those injured due to the accident.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 2, 2017
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.
Rae Bareli District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Khatri told IANS that the number of injured stood at 64.
The massive explosion took place in a 500 MW boiler unit in Unchahar town on the Lucknow-Allahabad highway.
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