Coimbatore

Compensation given to asphyxiation victim’s family

The family of V. Rajappan, one of the victim’s of a recent incident of asphyxiation was on Tuesday given a compensation of ₹10 lakh, following an order by Coimbatore Collector K. Rajamani.

Rajappan was one of the three men asphyxiated while cleaning a septic tank at a piggery in Keeranatham.

A cheque for ₹10 lakh was given to the victim’s wife by Jagadish Hiremani, member of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK). The compensation was awarded from the Keeranatham panchayat’s public funds.

The compensation for the families of the other two victims will be awarded after receiving the necessary certificates, according to a press release.

Mr. Hiremani presided over a meeting here to discuss the implementation of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act.

Machines alone should be used for cleaning septic tanks in animal farms and necessary permits must be obtained for setting up a septic tank intended for animal waste, he said. Local bodies must ensure the provision of safety equipment and life insurance to conservancy workers. Intensive awareness campaigns on the ills of manual scavenging must be conducted, he said.

Inspection

A team of officials led by Mr. Rajamani and Mr. Hirenani inspected the piggery at Keeranatham on Tuesday, the press release said.

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