Maharashtra government orders enquiry into ESIC Hospital fire


Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an inquiry into the fire incident that broke out at Mumbai’s ESIC Hospital yesterday.

Expressing grief over the loss of lives in the incident, Mr. Fadnavis tweeted that all the required assistance will be provided to the families of the deceased. Mr. Fadnavis also prayed for the speedy recovery of the people injured in the fire.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment, Santosh Gangwar today visited Mumbai’s Cooper Hospital to meet the people, injured in yesterday’s fire incident.

Speaking to reporters after the visit, Mr. Gangwar said the government’s prime concern is to ensure the best treatment for all the injured. He said that a compensation of 10 lakh rupees for the families of the deceased, 2 lakh for seriously injured and one lakh for people with minor injuries has already been announced.

The minister also visited ESIC hospital to oversee relief operations.

Terming the fire as a sad incident, Mr. Gangwar said action will be taken based on the report of state’s enquiry report.

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has issued a notice to the Maharashtra government and the Labour Ministry over the fire incident.

The commission has also asked the Chief Secretary of the State to submit a detailed report in the matter within four weeks, including action taken against the guilty.

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has informed that the death toll has now risen to 8. A total of 177 people, including three firemen had suffered injuries due to a major fire that broke out yesterday afternoon.

While 28 people have been discharged, 141 others still remain under observation. The condition of at least thirteen of them still remains critical. (AIR)

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