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Donbosco School to repoen for first time after fire incident
Published on 4 Apr. 2010 11:59 PM IST
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The stalemate over re-opening of Donbosco School at Palin in Arunachal’s Kurung Kumey district after the devastating February 10 fire in a private hostel that claimed ten lives, has been solved with the parents of the dead children removing seven bodies buried in the school playground and shifting them to a new site.
Holy Angel Hostel, which housed about 60 students of Donbosco School, was reduced to ashes on February 10, burning ten children alive and injuring 14. After the incident, infuriated parents buried the bodies in the school campus the next day, besides damaging the school building, compelling the school authorties to close down the institution indifinitely.
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who airdashed to Palin on February 12, announced ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh, besides ordering constitution of a high powered committee (HPC) headed by Education Minister Bosiram Siram to prepare a report. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh also sanctioned Rs 34 lakh, including Rs 14 lakh for the injured. The committee in its report recommended creation of 10 Group D posts in Kurung Kumey district under various departments to accommodate one nominee each from the 10 bereaved families, as reported by UNI. After parleys with the bereaved families, locals and Don Bosco authorities, the HPC recently submitted its report with eight recommendations to the state government. Besides providing employment to the victim families to compensate the loss, the committee sought financial assistance of Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured students from the fund already provided to the Palin ADC.
The Committee has recommended that an ‘impressive’ memorial tower be constructed at the site in memory of the fire victims. It urged the department concerned to sanction funds for the same immediately.

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