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Family not yet received compensation even after four years of death: Ravindranath Shanbaug

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Udupi, Jan 10: In a sad incident, no relief was given even after four long years of an accidental death of poor construction worker. This is a shocking and tragic case of an accidental death of a construction worker at the site of construction and his family denied and deprived of any relief.

President of human rights foundation, Ravindranath Shanbaug said that even though the...

Udupi, Jan 10: In a sad incident, no relief was given even after four long years of an accidental death of poor construction worker. This is a shocking and tragic case of an accidental death of a construction worker at the site of construction and his family denied and deprived of any relief.

President of human rights foundation, Ravindranath Shanbaug said that even though there is a scheme for payment of rupees two lacs as relief to the family of the bereaved, no relief whatsoever was given in this specific case due to ignorance of the law and the governmental relief schemes. 

A youth of 25 years, Shrikanth, coming from a family of a poor background in a village named Kanchinadka near Padubidri grew up in utter poverty. He had to discontinue his education at the primary level at the tender age of twelve due to the untimely and early demise of his father. He worked in some hotel in Bangalore, to take care of his mother Appi and two ailing sisters. After a decade , he returned to his native place and started working as a construction worker on daily wages with one Construction Contractor, Keshava Sapaliga. 
 
On the disastrous day of 10-3-2013, more than 4 and a half years ago, Shrikant, who had gone to work at a construction project at Panjimari, near Shirva, did not return home. The roof of a building, being constructed under the supervision of the same Keshava Sapaliga, had collapsed and crushed Shrikant to untimely death. Even though efforts were made to take him to a nearby  hospital, he breathed his last before reaching the hospital. The only source of succour to the hapless lot was lost forever. The family of four dependants literally came on the streets.

The family with no education and any kind of worthwhile guidance, made efforts to find out the possibilities of assistance and help. They contacted a Lawyer  and made enquiries for some help from the Contractor or some other source.  The Lawyer advised that since the death occured when he was  on duty, at the construction site,  they may get compensation from the Contractor and also the Karnataka Buiding and other  Construction Workers Welfare Board. He advised that an application for Ex Gratia Compensation may be made.

The school certificates and the death certificate of the deceased Shrikant, were delivered to the Lawyer and he assured to file the petition for obtaining compensation and relief from Contractor and the Labour Officer and also to file  case if necessary, for compensation.   Necessary applications were prepared and necessary signatures were appended on the same.  The Lawyer also assured that he would assist the Public Prosecutor in a criminal case under Section 304 of IPC.

When absolutely no relief of whatsoever nature was anywhere at sight, even after four long years of the sad demise of Srikanth, the hapless mother Appi contacted Shanbhag to know whether anything was ever possible. Shanbhag assured that he will do his best to help the family.

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