Karachi Fire: Govt announces compensation for affected families

KARACHI: The provincial government has announced a compensation for the affected families who lost their loved ones in the fire that broke out in a garment factory in the Baldia Town area of Karachi, killing around 289 people.

The provincial industrial minister of Sindh has announced a compensation of 500,000 rupees(about $5,300) and 200, 000 rupees (about $2,100) each for the killed and injured in the fire respectively.

Besides, The Sindh government has appointed Justice (retired) Zahid Qurban Alvi to investigate into the tragic matter. An inquiry officer is asked to submit the findings within a week. The investigation will look into the cause of the fire, the kind of civil defence system available inside the building and the extent of negligence on the owner’s part.

Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas has tasked DIG Manzur Mughul with the same job.

Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad announced a day of mourning in the city.

He said that not only would action be taken against the factory owners, but officials of SITE, the labour department and civil defence would not be spared either. “The negligent officers of these departments are equally responsible,” he said.