The issue of compensating shopkeepers who lost their wares in the fire at the Super Market here on Tuesday has exposed the double standards of the elected members of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC).

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shantappa Devakki mooted a proposal where 60 councillors would contribute Rs. 5,000 each for the victims. It was supported by Mayor Pandurang Patil.

However, even three days after the incident, no one has offered to pay his contribution. Deepak Chinchore, councillor, urged the State government to provide more compensation to victims.

‘It’s meagre’

Mr. Chinchore was in the forefront to condemn the HDMC for providing a “meagre” compensation of Rs. 25,000 for each of the victims.

He said he would meet Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to urge him to release more compensation from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

However, none of the councillors spoke about paying compensation from their pockets. If all 60 councillors contribute Rs. 5,000, each victim will get around Rs. 10,000.

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