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Nepal PM Prachanda announces ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh to kin of those killed in Madhesi protests

India TV News Desk Kathmandu 05 Aug 2016, 20:17:38 PM IST
India TV News Desk

The newly formed government in Nepal led by Maoist chief Prachanda, today announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of those killed during the Madhesis' protests over the new Constitution.

This decision comes a day after Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" was sworn-in as Nepal's new Prime Minister for a second time.

The amount for the ex gratia was finalized in the first Cabinet meeting of the new government.

At least 50 people were killed during the six-months-long protests in southern Nepal districts last year following the promulgation of the new Constitution.

It was decided that Nepali Rs 1 million will be given to the families of those killed in the protests. The cabinet also decided to provide free medical treatment to those injured in the agitation.

Those arrested during the protests will also be released immediately as per the decision.

The decisions were part of the deal ruling alliance Nepali Congress and CPN-Maoist Centre had signed with the Madhesis before the election of the Prime Minister in the Parliament.

The Madhesi parties had led the six months-long agitation, mainly to protest against the seven-province federal model enshrined in the Constitution.

The protests had also disrupted the supplies of petroleum products and cooking gas among other essentials to Nepal.

(With PTI inputs)