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Amritsar train accident: Sidhu announces government jobs for next of kin of deceased

Talking to reporters in Amritsar, Sidhu said, "The state government will give jobs to the eligible family members of those killed in the rail tragedy."

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New Delhi Published on: October 26, 2018 18:48 IST
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Amritsar tragedy: Sidhu announces govt jobs for next of kin of deceased

Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday announced government jobs to the eligible family members of those killed in the Amritsar rail tragedy by the Punjab government. The people falling in the old age category would be given pension by the government, he said.

Sidhu said the families would not be left in the lurch and that the government is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with them in their hour of need.

The Punjab minister said he is committed to help the affected families monetarily.

Talking to reporters in Amritsar, Sidhu said, "The state government will give jobs to the eligible family members of those killed in the rail tragedy."

Though many people are coming forward to adopt the children rendered orphan in the tragedy, the government would only allow the adoption to take place after the completion of formalities and procedures as per the law, he said.

The Local government minister handed over cheques of financial assistance to 5 more victim families of the recent rail tragedy.

46 families have so far been provided with financial assistance and the rest of the 13 cheques would also be given soon, Sidhu said.

He said the state government would do everything possible to help the affected families.

Sidhu termed as "most unfortunate" that some elements are playing politics over the bodies of the people killed in the tragedy.

At least 59 people were killed on October 19 after a crowd of Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching Dussehra celebrations was run over by a train in Amritsar.

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