Cabinet gives approval to provide jobs to family members/heirs of 34 deceased of Amritsar rail tragedy

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CHANDIGARH: In a major reprieve to the distressed families passing through acute financial crisis, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday gave approval to provide jobs in various departments/institutions to the family members/ heirs of 34 deceased of Amritsar rail tragedy as per their qualifications by relaxing the existing norms as a special case.

It may be recalled that a train incident occured on October 19, 2018 at Joura Phatak in Amritsar district on the day Dussehra festival, in which 58 persons had died and 71 persons had got injured.

Since, these family members could not be covered under the existing state policy and related instructions of November 21, 2002 for grant of jobs on compassionate grounds to them. Subsequently, on the proposal of Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar, the Chief Minister’s Office after detailed deliberations decided that one member of each of the 34 families of the 58 deceased be considered for a job in various institutions/departments of the State on the basis of their academic qualification.

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