Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan denies discrimination in compensation to families of landslide, flight crash victims

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The social media and Opposition took up the issue of discrimination by the state and the Centre while announcing compensation

Following allegations of discrimination in compensations to the families of Idukki landslide and Calicut Air India flight crash victims, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday denied the charges and said that there was no discrimination in announcing the compensation.

Talking to media persons, Vijayan said that the two accidents, which happened in Kerala on Friday, were different in nature and the families of the tea estate workers, who were killed in a massive landslide near Munnar in Idukki district, would be given more aid after evaluating the various aspects.

The state government had on Friday announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of those who were killed in the landslide at Rajamala near Munnar. Earlier in the day, the Centre declared Rs 2 lakh compensation to the families of the victims.

As many as 26 persons were killed in the landslide in Tata Tea’s Kannan Devan tea estate. It is feared that 42 more persons living in the residential quarters of the tea estate are still trapped under the debris.

Rescue operations are still going to find out the missing people at the site of the landslide in Idukki.

The Centre and the state government had announced Rs 10 lakh each compensation to the families of those who were killed in the flight crash at Karippur airport in Kozhikkode on Friday night.

As many as 16 passengers and pilot as well as co-pilot were killed after a Dubai-Calicut Air India Express flight skidded off the the runway and fell into a gorge below the runway on Friday night.

The social media and the state opposition took up the issue of discrimination by the state and the Centre while announcing compensation in the two tragedies.

RSP leader and former state minister Shibu Baby John said that there cannot be two yardsticks while declaring compensation and all the victims should be given equal compensations.

The chief minister said that the compensation to the landslide victims was an initial help and the government would consider more after evaluating the situation.

Meanwhile, the Opposition also questioned Vijayan’s visit to the Kozhikkode to visit the injured in the flight crash at Karippur airport in Kozhikkode on Friday night. The Opposition asked why the chief minister visited Kozhikkode without paying a visit to Munnar where landslide occurred.  

Vijayan said that it was not possible to reach Rajamala due to adverse weather conditions prevailing there. He said that the rescue operations are underway at Rajmala and that is more important.

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