CM meets Dirang fire victims, assures setting up of Fire Station

CM meets Dirang fire victims, assures setting up of Fire Station

DIRANG, Feb 8: While noting that absence of a fire station in the Dirang valley was ‘a matter of concern’ post last month’s devastating fire accident here, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today assured that process for establishing a Fire Station with sufficient fire fighters and fire tenders will be initiated at the earliest.

At least 50 houses and shops were razed by a devastating fire in Dirang market area on January 27. Putting up at temporary relief camps and with relatives, the fire victims are slowly rebuilding their lives.

Taking stock of relief and rehabilitation measures initiated by the district administration and concerned departments of State Govt, Khandu while meeting the fire victims at Dirang this morning expressed his solidarity with them and offered the Govt’s assistance in rebuilding their lives.

Interacting with the victims and people of Dirang, Khandu asserted that he was deeply pained on receiving the sad news and had constantly monitored the relief and rehabilitation operations through the district administration.

“I was in constant touch with local legislator Phurpa Tsering and had given him free hand to extend support to the victims,” he informed while lauding everybody who volunteered to help in dousing the fire along with personnel from Fire Brigade, SSB, NDRF, NIMAS and the district administration.

Khandu assured that compensation for the loss incurred would be given to the victims as per official norms after completion and submission of the assessment report by the district administration.

He, however, observed that the official compensation would be meagre compared to the actual losses incurred by individual victim families. He said, he along with Phurpa Tsering, will find out ways and means to add to the official compensation so that the victims at least get compensated at par with their losses.

As a personal contribution to the rehabilitation process of the affected families, Khandu donated Rs 10 lakh and assured more in the days to come. He also called on everybody to donate voluntarily for the cause.

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