Kerala government will set up a special fund for the long-term needs of of the Kollam temple fire victims. The decision was taken at an all-party meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram to discuss the tragedy at the Puttingal Devi temple in Paravur which left at least 114 dead and 350 injured.
Major proposals in the meeting
• A separate fund to support the long term needs of those who suffered injuries in the tragedy
• Bringing a blanket ban on events associated with religious institutions is not a practical one
• Enforcing of the law should be taken up with utmost seriousness and rules will not be given the go-by
• Celebration of the upcoming Thrissur Pooram—considered to be the mother of all festivals in the state should be given sanction but with adequate checks and balances
• The central government should declare Kollam tragedy as a national disaster
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the next cabinet meeting on Wednesday will take up the report of the three-member committee of ministers who visited the temple site and its surrounding areas