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Bihar Boat Tragedy: PM Narendra Modi Announces Ex-Gratia Of ₹2 Lakh

At least 24 people were killed when two country boats capsized in river Ganga near NIT ghat at Patna in Bihar on Saturday.

15/01/2017 11:27 AM IST | Updated 15/01/2017 11:41 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced an ex-gratia from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) of ₹2 lakh for next of kin of those deceased in the horrific Patna boat tragedy, and ₹50,000 for those seriously injured in the incident.

At least 24 people were killed when two country boats capsized in river Ganga near NIT ghat at Patna in Bihar on Saturday.

Over 40 people were returning from diara area after participating Kite festival on occasion Makar Sankranti. This festival was organized by the state government. NDRF and SDRF teams have been pressed into relief and rescue operations.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered inquiry into the boat tragedy. A three member inquiry team has been constituted headed by Principal Secretary of State Disaster Department Pratya Amrit.

The state government has also announced rupees four lakh ex-gratia payment to the family of each of the deceased.

Also, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General R.K. Pachnanda has said that twenty one bodies have been recovered so far, after two boats carrying about 40 people turned turtle in Ganga river in Patna.

Pachnanda told ANI that three NDRF team are at the site to recover more bodies and the rescue operation is underway.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi also expressed his grief over the loss of lives in Patna boat tragedy.

The Prime Minister's Office tweeted that PM has extended condolences to the bereaved families.

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