Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister N Chinna Rajappa distributed more than Rs1.45 crore worth of compensation on Sunday to victims of the gas pipeline blast at Nagaram village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
Rajappa said, Rs1.45 crore was distributed to 21 family members of those killed and kin of 19 of those injured. "Today gave cheques worth Rs 2lakh received from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund to family members of those kiled and Rs 50,000 to families of those injured."
Earlier, Gas Authority of India Ltd's (GAIL) contribution Rs20 lakh and Andhra Pradesh state government's ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh was paid. A total of Rs25 lakh has been paid to 21 deceased family members of the village, Rajappa said.
He said that families of those injured have demanded an increase in compensation to Rs5 lakh.
The government has already increased compensation to coconut trees cultivators from Rs4,000 to Rs6,000 and some amount will also be paid to 2,000 coconut farmers who were affected.
He said that GAIL would compensate coconut cultivators and people whose houses were partially damaged in the blast.