After five-hour wait at Red Cross,relief in sight for wall collapse victim

Thirty-two-year-old Shravan Kumar,who is seeking compensation promised to him after the Sector-20 wall collapse...

Written by Nainu Rohtaki | Panchkula | Published: February 22, 2009 3:21:09 am

Thirty-two-year-old Shravan Kumar,who is seeking compensation promised to him after the Sector-20 wall collapse,was made to wait for over five hours at the Red Cross office on Saturday. Shravan had gone to the Sector 15 office of the Red Cross to submit his medical bills,which the Administration promised would be reimbursed.

“I reached the Red Cross office around 10.30 am. But the officials met me five hours later,” said Shravan. The 32-year-old added he has lost all hopes to get the compensation announced immediately after the incident.

Red Cross Secretary Vijay Lakshmi said: “As we were busy in an important meeting,we could not attend to Shravan in time. We have taken all the medical bills and the case will soon be forwarded to the deputy commissioner to seek swift reimbursement.” Shravan was also offered lunch later.

The Panchkula Administration,meanwhile,claimed on Saturday that it has forwarded Shravan’s file for reconsideration as a special case to the state government. The authorities had earlier claimed to have forwarded his case to the Haryana Social Welfare department for consideration. On Saturday,department commissioner Navraj Sandhu said it has not received the case of Shravan till now.

Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Rajender Kataria said: “Though Shravan’s case was rejected due to the non-availability of any domicile proof,we are making all possible efforts to help him now. His file had been forwarded to the welfare department. To further ensure that Shravan does get some help,we have now forwarded his file under special case to the state government through the Haryana Revenue department for reconsideration.” Kataria said the case would now be considered under the natural calamity fund.

“We are hopeful and expect some positive response in another week’s time. Besides,we want that some permanent help should be given to Shravan so that he can earn his livelihood. The Administration is ready to provide him loan at a minimal rate of interest under its scheme for the needy so that Shravan can start some business,” Kataria said.

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