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PM donates money for victims

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday allocated Tk 2 lakh to each of the families of those killed in a garment factory fire in Ashulia and a flyover collapse in Chittagong on November 24.

The families of the dead that have been identified are entitled to the amount.

Each of those wounded in the mishaps will receive Tk 50,000, the prime minister's Special Assistant [Media] Mahbubul Hoque Shakil told The Daily Star.

The premier yesterday approved the allocation from her relief and welfare fund.

On the night of November 24, at least 111 people were killed and 100 injured in a devastating fire at Tazreen Fashions in Nishchintapur outside the capital.

Meanwhile, 13 people were killed and 15 injured when three concrete girders of a flyover under construction at Bahaddarhat in Chittagong collapsed on a makeshift kitchen market.

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The value of a life cannot be measured by any amount of money. Money allocated by the head of the government is not going to bring back the lost lives. This will NOT relieve the government of its responsibilities. The government MUST ensure safe working environments for all workers in all sectors in order to prevent such tragedies in the future. This is required by the Constitution and is the law of the land; and it is the responsibility of the government to make sure that the laws are enforced. If someone violates the laws, it becomes the responsibility of the government to take legal actions against those violators, no matter who they are and how rich and powerful they might be. If the government is unable or unwilling to carry out that responsibility, it itself would be violating the laws; then it becomes an inept and a failed government and it does not have the right to govern anymore. If it cannot deliver then it MUST resign.

: Truth Teller

Misleading heading. It should have been: Government decides to compensate victims. Money will go out of public exchequer not private purse. It is not a donation. It is a meagre compensation for precious human lives.

: sabrina wadud


  • Roni Rahman
    Saturday, December 1, 2012 01:22 AM GMT+06:00 (166 weeks ago)

    Why is it called PM's money? Are not the money from people's Tax paying money? So, the people are on the hook paying for failure and negligence of private and govt bodies? How unjust is that one!!

  • Outraged Citizen
    Saturday, December 1, 2012 08:10 AM GMT+06:00 (166 weeks ago)

    It's not the PM but the government giving the money. And it's not donation but compensation. And the amount is too small both for the deceased and injured cases. For the injured it should be based on actual need. nd some may have permanent disability - that should be kept in mind in providing the compensation. What about BGMEA and Tazreen Fashion's compensation?





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