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Since 1st March, 1999
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Jobs & aid for Malda 11

Malda, Dec. 26: The district administration today distributed 12 kg of rice each to the families of the 11 labourers killed at a south Delhi construction site on Saturday.

'We are also planning to offer employment to at least one member from each family,' district magistrate Abhijit Chowdhury said.

Though Chowdhury maintained that the bodies are expected here tomorrow, food processing minister Sailen Sarkar said in Writers' Buildings, Calcutta, today that the bodies will arrive by train on Wednesday.

However, even 48 hours after the tragedy, the district authorities are yet to receive any official report from their counterparts in the capital. Though political parties are vying with each other to gain political mileage, none of their representatives have visited Ratua or Manikchak where the victims lived.

'What is the use of going there' Rather we will spend the time ensuring that the hapless families get some government assistance,' zilla parishad sabhadhipati and district Congress leader Gautam Chakraborty said.

According to Chakraborty, Union minister Priya Ranjan Das Munshi had persuaded the chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit to announce a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for each of the families. District secretary of the CPM Jiban Moitra said Sarkar will distribute Rs 2,000 to each of the families tomorrow.

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