Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Relief for Janaandolan injured

The cabinet meeting on Monday took key decisions including extension of up to Rs 950,000 as relief aid to anyone losing both eyes during Janaandolan-II, appointment of Lt. Gen. Rukmangat Katuwal as acting army chief and promotion of nine SSPs to the rank of DIG.

According to Minister of State for Information and Communication Dilendra Badu, those who lost both their eyes will receive Rs. 950,000 each and those who lost both legs will receive Rs 450,000.

The cabinet also decided to bear all expenses of those receiving treatment abroad for critical injuries sustained during the Janaandolan. Shribhadra Kandel, Sindhu Upreti and Bikram Kapali are receiving treatment in India.

The decision was taken on the basis of a parliamentary committee that categorized the injured persons in coordination with a separate committee led by Nepal Medical Association Chairperson Dr Sudha Sharma. Dr Sharma's committee was also dissolved after it submitted its report to the government.

The cabinet likewise decided to provide Rs 100,000 to Chhaya Devi Parajuli, the 86-year-old who played an inspirational role by putting herself in the frontline of the Janaandolan. She was hit by a motorcycle three weeks ago and is receiving treatment at Bir Hospital.

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