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Rs0.5m per family: Relatives of Baldia factory fire victims protest for compensation

Rs0.5m per family: Relatives of Baldia factory fire victims protest for compensation

KARACHI: The relatives of the Baldia factory fire victims have protested for the compensation announced by the government and others.

The protesters took a rally from Regal Chowk to the Karachi Press Club and also urged German company KIK to pay compensation as per rules of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The rally was organised by the National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) and an advocacy group for the families of the victims named the Baldia Factory Fire Affectees Association.

The rally participants through resolutions demanded that the German company KIK should pay Rs0.5mn per family as interim relief and pay the final compensation as per the standards of ILO without further delay. RINA is equally responsible for this tragedy and it should also announce payment of compensation to the heirs.

The compensation of Rs0.3mn per family as announced by Nawaz Sharif as opposition leader should be paid immediately, otherwise, a hunger strike protest camp would be established in January. The compensation of Rs0.2million per family as announced by Malik Riaz has not paid to 92 heirs which should be urgently paid. Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah should implement his announcement of giving jobs to the heirs.

The good news shared by the speakers was that the Sindh High Court would release compensation to the families in the coming few days.