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Govt announces ex-gratia relief for Yatris affected in Botengo violence

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           SRINAGAR: The Cabinet which met here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti sanctioned a special package of ex-gratia in favour of NoKs of those killed/injured in the terrorist violence on Yatris (pilgrims) on July 10, 2017 at Batengo (Anantnag).

          Cabinet sanctioned Rs 6 Lakh in favor of NoKs of those killed, Rs 2 Lakh to the grievously injured and Rs 1 Lakh to the injured in the incident.

          The Cabinet also sanctioned an award of 3.00 lakh in favour of the driver of the bus, who exhibited exemplary alertness and courage during the incident.

          The Cabinet directed the Finance Department to provide necessary additional funds for meeting the compensation/ex-gratia on most immediate basis for release to the NoKs of the deceased and to the injured.

          Separately, Governor, N N Vohra, Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has announced relief of Rs 5 Lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the incident, Rs 1.5 Lakh to those who had suffered grievous injuries and Rs 75,000 for Yatries with minor injuries.

          Governor also announced a special reward of Rs 2 Lakh to the driver of the bus, whose alert response saved lives of many pilgrims.

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