Source: News Bharati English23 May 2016 16:41:31

Itanagar, May 23: Concerned with the repeated fire accidents over the last few months, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul said that the government is planning to provide fire brigades along with fire fighting equipments to all the district headquarters. To meet the shortages of man power in fire stations, fire man/fire fighter posts will be created to effectively deal with fire incidents, Pul said.Also, in a major move, Pul on Sunday announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 1, 01,900 to each of the families of May 20 Seppa fire accident victims to be distributed through the district administration. Reportedly, 27 houses, including ALC Barrack were reduced to ashes in the fire at ALC line, Seppa.

He also said that Government is planning to set up Fire Stations in all district headquarters and install overhead water tanks and fire hydrants in schools, colleges and in thickly populated areas like market places, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

The chief minister advised people to be extra cautious while handling fire and fire places and adopt fire safety and precautionary measures to avoid tragedy due to house fire. Meanwhile, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) appealed to the State Government to assess the properties lost or damaged in the fire and compensate the victims as per norms. The students’ union appealed to all functioning NGOs, civil societies, public leaders, business communities and individuals to come forward and contribute generously in aid of the hapless ones.

According to news agency, The Arunachal Times, ANSU demanded the State Government to strengthen the fire services, manpower and facilities across the state keeping in mind the frequent fire accidents, which has became a cause of grave concern. The State Government needs to set up more fire stations to contain the increasing incidents of fire, the ANSU president added.

East Kameng District BJP, Changtam Aane, Mothers’ Group, AEKSU and All Doka Welfare Society have also distributed relief materials to the affected families. District BJP president L K Yangfo said that the party is always there to help and assist the fire victims. His party would talk to the appropriate authority, he said while appealing to all to extend helping hands to the victims in this hour of need.