Sindh Chief Minister orders probe into garments factory fire incident
KARACHI: Announces Rs 0.3 million each for deceased and Rs 50,000 each for injured
Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah has ordered a thorough investigation into Karachi garments factory inferno killing around 300 workers. Including female workers and for submission of the detailed report within next three days.
Shah, on behalf of Sindh government, announced to give Rs 0.3 million each for the deceased and Rs 50,000 each for the injured along with proper treatment on the Government expenses.
It is very necessary to fix the responsibility for this worst tragedy and learnt about the causes. The factory owners must come on the surface and play active part in the investigation otherwise they would be held totally responsible and taken to task, the chief minister said while talking to media during his visit to garments factory in SITE area, here on Thursday.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) member of National Assembly and president PPP Karachi Division Abdul Qadir Patel, Sindh Ministers Rafiq Engineer, Nadeem Bhutto and Haji Muzaffar Shujra, and Special Assistants to the CM Rashid Hussain Rabbani, Waqar Mehdi and Siddique Abu Bhai, and Commissioner Karachi Roshan Ali Shaikh, Administrator Karachi Metropolitan Corpo-ration Muhammad Hussain Syed were also present.
The chief minister said that he was on three-day visit to interior of Sindh where the rains have caused big loss in kind.
On receipt of the information about this fire incident, he ordered immediate rescue and relief operations. He said that he had ordered the Investigation Officer to submit a detailed report about the factory inferno within next three days to ascertain the responsibility and causes of this incident. He said that Sindh government has announced three-day mourning on this gory incident.
Meanwhile, he said that Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court has taken notice of this serious incident.
Later on, during his visit to SITE Association of Industry’s secretariat, the chief minister described garments factory fire as the worst fire tragedy in the country’s history, which has taken many precious lives.
He said that PPP and the government do share the sorrows of the aggrieved families. He underlined the need for adherence to the safety rules by factory owners, workers and above all the concerned Government agencies to ensure safety of life and property. On this occasion, he said that the on-going monsoon rains have played havoc with the economy of Sindh province. This is the third consecutive year that the economy of the province has been receiving irreparable loss, he added.