PM approves ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF for those who lost lives in Maharashtra hospital fire

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic hospital fire in Bhandara, Maharashtra. He has also approved Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured.

The announcement came after a tragic incident took place where 10 newborn children died after a fire broke out at the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of Bhandara District General Hospital in Maharashtra.

Prime Minister’s office official Twitter handle tweeted, “PM @narendramodi has approved an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic hospital fire in Bhandara, Maharashtra. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured.”

As per Bhandara district Superintendent of Police, 7 to 8 children were rescued, meanwhile, 10 children died due to suffocation caused by the fire outbreak.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directed an immediate probe into the matter and ordered the District Collector and the SP to investigate the case. Anil Deshmukh, Maharashtra Home Minister ordered Bhandara SP to file a primary report.
Rajesh Tope, State health minister also announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased.

Expressing his condolences to the family members, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took to Twitter and wrote, “Heart-wrenching tragedy in Bhandara, Maharashtra, where we have lost precious young lives.”

He also hoped for a speedy recovery of the injured children and his thoughts are with all the families who have lost their children in the fire incident.