Rs 7.5 lakh solatium to kin of 3 forest watchers killed in Thrissur wildfire
Thiruvananthapuram: The kin of three forest watchers who died in a wildfire at Kottmbathur in Wadakkancherry in Thrissur district will be granted a solatium of Rs 7.5 lakhs each, said Minister for Forest K. Raju.
The Minister added that the government will discuss at department level and take a decision regarding offering a job for one of the family members of the deceased. The government will bear the expenses for medical treatment, procedures and funeral of the deceased.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed the chief forest officer to visit the area and spearhead relief efforts.
It will be examined if Hindustan Newsprint Limited (HNL) to which the forest department had leased out the plantation, had failed to implement measures to prevent forest fire.
“Detailed investigation will be held into the situation that led to the forest fire,” the CM said.
Out of the Rs 7.5 lakh soaltium granted to the family of the deceased, Rs 5 lakh will be given by the state government while Rs 2.5 lakh will be granted by the Periyar Tiger Foundation.
Tribal watcher K. U. Divakaran and temporary watchers A. K. Velayudhan and V. A. Sankaran, all attached to Poongode forest station were killed while trying to douse a fire that broke out at the HNL plantation.