Government job for Maur Mandi blast victims’ kin

To get direct quota posts as special case

Government job for Maur Mandi blast victims’ kin

A file photo of the Maur Mandi blast site.

Chandigarh, February 19

The government has approved special provisions in the rules to provide government jobs to one of the family members of each of the four minors killed in the Maur Mandi bomb blast on January 31, 2017.

The decision was taken today by the Council of Ministers at a meeting chaired by CM Capt Amarinder Singh.

It was decided to grant special provision to provide jobs on compassionate grounds as per the educational qualifications of one member each of the families of the deceased — Japsimaran Singh (15), Sourav Singla (14), Ankush (11), and Ripandeep Singh (9).

The existing rules do not provide for employment in state service on compassionate grounds for minor deceased. With the Cabinet decision today, the relevant rules/policies have been relaxed to provide jobs to a member each as per their educational qualification in Bathinda district or adjoining districts against direct quota vacant posts as a special case (without treating it as a precedent).

The jobs provided by the state government are in addition to the financial grant of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of each of the deceased. The injured received Rs 50,000 each from the CM’s relief fund.

It may be recalled that seven persons were killed and 13 injured in the bomb blast at Maur Mandi in Bathinda. The government had earlier provided government jobs to the next of kin of two deceased — Harpal Singh (40) and Ashok Kumar (35) — as per the existing policy, since both were the breadwinners of their families.

In Ashok Kumar’s case, his minor daughter Bago (11) was also killed, but since one member of the family has already been given a job, Bago has not been included in the special provision approved today. — TNS

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