Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan visited Anachal to visit Rajamala Pettimudi. The helicopter returned from Thiruvananthapuram and landed at the helipad of a private resort in Anachal. Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan, Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta, and DGP Loknath Behra were also present along with the Governor and the Chief Minister.
Minister MM Mani and other senior officials of the district received the Chief Minister and the delegation in person. The aim of the CM and his team is to directly assess the situation. The Chief Minister who visited Anachal will pay a visit to Pettimudi. A high-level meeting will then be held at the Tea County Resort to assess the situation.
Five lakh rupees were announced for the dependents of the deceased. Apart from this, the cabinet has also decided to ensure the rehabilitation of the victims of the Pettimudi tragedy. The package will include housing, employment, and children’s education for the dependents of the deceased. The government has decided to bear the entire medical expenses of those injured in the tragedy. There are indications that this may be announced during the Chief Minister’s visit.
The Opposition had criticized the Chief Minister for not reaching Pettimudi the day after the Karipur plane crash and for discriminating in the amount of financial assistance. However, the CM said that he did not visit the area immediately after the accident due to inclement weather and progress in rescue operations.