Saifullah suspends staffer on trip duty for negligence

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JAMMU: Responding to the direction of the Chair, Minister for Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah today informed the House about the death of PDD Lineman (daily Wager) namely Ghulam Nabi Sofi at Yaripora, Kulgam today.

The Law Minister apprised the House that as per report obtained from the concerned authorities, the Lineman (Daily Wager) Ghulam Nabi Sofi was carrying out repairs and restoration of power supply during which he received a severe electric shock.  The PDD daily rated worker reportedly remained hanging for about 15 minutes but the staff on duty did not trip down the electric supply, resulting into his instant death.

The issue was raised in the House by MLA Kulgam, Mr. M Y Tarigami and demanded against concerned staff for negligence and payment of job and ex-gratia relief to next of kin of the deceased.

The Minister said that the Department has been asked to enquire into the incident and fix responsibility. The Department has also been asked to process the case for ex-gratia relief to the next of the kin of the deceased, he added. However, on the insistence of Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani, the Minister ordered suspension of staffer on trip duty.

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