Punjab govt to provide financial aid to Murree tragedy victims | The Express Tribune

The Punjab government on Sunday has decided to pay Rs800,000 to families of those killed in the Murree tragedy on Friday night.

A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar after he conducted an aerial inspection of the areas of Murree affected due to heavy snowfall.

Provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat, Punjab Government Spokesperson Hasaan Khawar, chief secretary of Punjab, senior member of the Board of Revenue Punjab, commissioner Rawalpindi, and inspector general Punjab Police were also present in the meeting.

It was decided during the meeting that the Punjab government will provide financial assistance to the families of those killed in the Murree tragedy.

Sources said that Rs176 million has been approved in the meeting for the families of those killed in the resort town, under which Rs800,000 will be given to each of the 22 victim’s families.

Immediate financial assistance of Rs33.5 million has also been sanctioned for those who lost their lives in yesterday‘s rains.

Inquiry committee formed

The meeting also took a detailed look at the causes of the tragedy and decided to form a high-level inquiry committee headed by the additional chief secretary home.

The committee will determine the perpetrators of negligence within seven days and action against those found guilty will also be taken within a week.

The meeting further decided to upgrade the administrative structure of Murree and give it the status of a district.

Read: In pictures: Army to the rescue as deadly blizzard wreaks havoc in Murree

In Murree, the additional deputy commissioner and superintendent of police were deployed to construct small links per road for traffic jams.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, the provincial government spokesperson said: “We will complete the investigation in every aspect in the light of the instructions of the prime minister.”

Khawar further stated that the Punjab government will develop a better system by identifying the flaws in the existing system from the tragedy that took the lives of 22 tourists trapped in their vehicles by heavy snowfall.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan, while expressing his shock and grief over the deaths of tourists in Murree, ordered an inquiry into the tragedy and called preparing regulations to avert such tragedies in the future.




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