Gwalior auto-bus crash: PM Modi approves ₹2 lakh ex-gratia for family of the dead
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the closest relatives of those died in the road accident in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior district on Tuesday. PM Modi approved ₹50,000 for those seriously injured.
Around 7 am on Tuesday morning, a speeding bus and an auto-rickshaw collided at Old Chawni area in Gwalior. Twelve women and a man were killed in the accident. The women were cooks at an ‘anganwadi kendra’ and were returning home after work when the accident happened.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media conveyed condolences to the relatives of the people who lost their lives in the accident. A tweet issued by the Prime Minister’s office read, “I wish that the injured people recover at the earliest.”
PM @narendramodi has approved an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the unfortunate accident in Gwalior, MP. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 23, 2021
President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his grief and wrote, “The news of the death of the passengers, mostly women, in the road accident in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, has deeply saddened me. My heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this heartbreaking event. I wish for the injured people to get well soon.”
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan also paid condolences to the dead. He announced that the state government will provide ₹4 lakh to the families of each deceased and ₹50,000 to those injured.
Gwalior SP Amit Sanghi informed that nine women and the auto-rickshaw driver died on the spot. The injured people were rushed to a nearby hospital with severe injuries. A senior officer said that passengers in the bus escaped unhurt. The bus has been seized.
The accident is an addition to many other major road mishaps in the state.