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Rs 25 lakh disbursed so far as ex-gratia to victims: Rlys

New Delhi: The railways said on Sunday that it has distributed a total of Rs 25 lakh so far as ex-gratia to the affected passengers and the kin of the dead in the Utkal Express accident. The number of the dead stood at 20 and those injured in the derailment in Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh yesterday evening was 92, Member, Traffic, Railways, Mohd Jamshed told reporters here.
"Forty per cent of the passengers are insured under the e-ticket scheme. Other than that, the railways pays its own compensation as well as ex-gratia," he told reprters here.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced that Rs 3.5 lakh will be paid to the kin of the dead, Rs 50,000 to the grievously injured and Rs 25,000 to those with minor injuries.
"We have paid a total of Rs 25 lakh as of now," he said.
Northern Railways had earlier said 21 people had been killed and 97 injured in the Utkal Express derailment.
Under the insurance scheme started by Prabhu in 2016, passengers are given the option of insurance cover at the time of booking the ticket on the website of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
If a passenger decides to opt for it, then the premium amount is added to the ticket cost.
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