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Chennai family receives compensation one month after losing son in stone pelting incident
6/12/2018 10:42:07 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, June 12: In Jammu & Kashmir there is a tradition that things move at a snail's pace and people have to wait for a long time before the tasks are accomplished.
It does not make any difference for the people at helm to speed up the process when it comes to paying compensation to a person who becomes victim of militancy in Kashmir. It took more than a month for the state government to come to the rescue of a Chennai family who lost its son in a stone pelting incident in May.
R Thirumany, a resident of Chennai was seriously injured after being hit by a stone at Narbal on May 8. He was immediately rushed to a hospital where he breathed his last in the evening on that day. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti herself visited the hospital and conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved family.
As soon as the incident took place the state government said that adequate compensation would be given to the Chennai family that lost its son. Mehbooba handed over a cash amount of two lakhs to the bereaved family. However, the people at helm without paying any consideration to the directives kept the issue of more compensation pending for more than a month with the compensation being paid on June 9.
Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah on June 9 (Saturday) met the family of 22-year-old tourist Thirumany in Chennai and handed over a cheque of five lakhs to the family of the deceased tourist. Director Tourism met the family at the Press Club Chapak along with Chairman TAAI Chapter Chennai Shohul, MC members Pazhani Murgesan and Devika besides other known travel agents like Balan, Haran and Fatima.
Early Times has learnt from sources that file of compensation remained untouched for weeks together at the Directorate of Tourism. The officials of the department did very little to ensure that the compensation to the Chennai family is paid at the earliest. This is despite the fact that directions in this regard were issued by no less than chief minister.
"In the past compensation cases were settled by Deputy Commissioners of different districts and in certain cases by office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir. However, in this case the compensation was decided to be paid by Kashmir Directorate of Department of Tourism. The department took more than one month to settle the case and pay the compensation to the Chennai family," said sources.
Sources said that since accountability is missing in the state during the present dispensation many of the officials as well as officers are taking things for granted. They said that orders or directions issued by the chief minister, ministers and other important persons are given a damn by the employees who have to carry out the tasks.
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