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Assam boat tragedy: PM announces ex-gratia assistance for kin of deceased

May 1, 2012 - New Delhi

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has announced an ex-gratia assistance to the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate boat tragedy on the Brahmaputra River in Assam.

An assistance of two lakh rupees has been announced for the next of kin of each ofhe deceased in the tragedy from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

Dr. Singh earlier spoke to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and offered all possible help to the state government for relief operations.

Meanwhile, search operations are still on for at least 100 people who have gone missing after a packed ferryboat carrying over 300 passengers capsized due to heavy storm at Burha-Burhi Char under Fakirganj police station in Dhubri District on Monday.

The army has rushed in two infantry columns, two engineer task forces with six boats, 12 divers and medical teams to assist in the rescue operations.

Besides the army, the Border Security Forces (BSF) water wing, the National Disaster Force (NDF) and police armed with mechanised boats are engaged in a massive rescue operation in the river.

Earlier, Gogoi directed the Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, (Revenue) and Disaster Management officials to quicken the pace of expedite the rescue operations.


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