Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday said that an inquiry will be conducted into the wall collapse incident killing 17 persons and action initiated against officials, if any negligence was found on their part.
The Chief Minister consoled the family members of the 17 victims killed in the wall collapse and announced an enhanced solatium of Rs 10 lakh to the affected families.
“A total of Rs 10 lakh, including Rs 4 lakh from disaster relief fund and Rs 6 lakh from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund will be given to the bereaved family of 17 persons killed in the wall collapse. New houses will be built and government jobs will be given to qualified members of the family,” he told reporters.
On taking stringent action against the house owner, Palaniswamy said, “police have arrested the house owner and action is being taken against him as per provisions of law.”
On the wall being called as ‘discriminatory’ and demands by Dalit outfits to invoke SC/ST Act against the house owner, the CM, while refusing a direct reply, however said that action will be taken in accordance with law.
Condemning DMK president MK Stalin for trying to politicise the tragic incident, the CM said that the death was due to wall collapse and government has no role in it. “Politics should not be played in such incidents. Stalin should think with conscience,” he said.
Chief Minister Palaniswami was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Local Administration Minister SP Velumani, Deputy Speaker Pollachi Jayaraman, Collector K Rajamani and other officials.