The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bhilai Steel Plant was removed and two other senior officials were suspended Wednesday, a day after a blast at the plant which claimed the lives of 12 employees.
Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh announced the action against the officials after visiting the injured employees of the plant at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital in Bhilai town, located around 30 km from here in Chhattisgarh.
CEO M Ravi was removed with immediate affect while General Manager (safety department) T Pandya Raja and Deputy General Manager (energy department) Naveen Kumar were suspended, Birender Singh told reporters.
Nine people were killed instantly and 14 others were injured in the gas pipeline blast at around 10.30 am Tuesday at the plant of the state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in Durg district.
Now, 11 injured are undergoing treatment at the hospital, he added.
One internal committee of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has already been constituted to probe the incident on Tuesday, which has been asked to submit its report within seven days, he said.
Another committee will be formed by the Steel Ministry which will have experts from all over the country to ascertain that how the incident occurred and who were responsible for it, he said.
A special permission was taken from the Election Commission for announcing the relief as the Model Code of Conduct is in place in the poll-bound Chhattisgarh, he said.
The ex-gratia given in case of death of employees has been increased from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh while for the seriously injured employees it has been hiked from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, Singh said.
Besides, the employees who have sustained minor injuries will get Rs 2 lakh each, he added.
The families of the deceased will get a cumulative amount under various heads from Rs 33 lakh to Rs 95 lakh, he said.
The families of the deceased can avail salary up to the retirement of the respective employee or a member can get compensatory appointment, the minister said.
The officials have been directed to provide the amount to the affected families as soon as possible, he added.
Earlier, Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) G P Singh said that after receiving the postmortem report of the deceased, a case under the Indian Penal Code Section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) will be registered followed by an inquiry into the incident.
The explosion took place in the gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant during a maintenance job, the SAIL had said.
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