PM announces compensation

Rajnath talks to Vohra, Mehbooba

New Delhi, Publish Date: Jul 16 2017 11:57PM | Updated Date: Jul 16 2017 11:57PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the Amarnath pilgrims killed in a bus accident on Srinagra-Jammu highway and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured.

"PM announced ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs for next of kin of those killed & Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured, in the bus accident in J&K (sic)," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

Earlier, Modi expressed pain at the loss of lives.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley condoled the death of Amarnath pilgrims in a bus accident on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

"Saddened by the loss of lives of #Amarnath Yatris in a bus accident in J&K. Deepest condolences to the bereaved families," Jaitley tweeted.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and took stock of the situation following the death of 16 Amarnath pilgrims in a bus accident, officials said.

Governor N N Vohra apprised him of the situation, they added. "My heart goes out to the families of Amarnath Yatris who lost their loved ones in the bus accident. My prayers are with the injured," the home minister tweeted.

During his telephonic conversation, the Chief Minister apprised the home minister on the accident, officials said.

Mehbooba, according to the officials, told Singh that the injured were being airlifted for treatment to Jammu and Srinagar and helpline has been established to help the next of kin of victims.  (PTI)