PM visits blast victims at GMCH

GUWAHATI, Jan 3 : Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today arrived at the city. Governor SC Mathur and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi received him at the Borjhar LGB International Airport this evening. The Prime Minister is accompanied by his ministerial colleagues Manishankar Aiyer, Kapil Sibal and Prithivraj Chouhan.

After his landing at Borjhar, the Prime Minister rushed to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital to meet the injured ones of the yesterday city blast cases.

The Prime Minister also held discussion with the Governor and the Chief Minister on the present law and order situation of the State. He will stay at the Raj Bhawan tonight and leave for Shillong to inaugurate the five-day 96 th session of the Indian Science Congress on the North East Hill University (NEHU) campus there.

He will leave Shillong, via Guwahati, for Delhi at 12-30 pm, said official sources here.

Spl Correspondent from New Delhi adds: Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh has said that Government of India would stay steadfast in its determination to root out terrorism and that the measures taken recently in this direction would be taken to their logical conclusion.

While expressing grief over the loss of lives of people in the serial bomb blasts at Guwahati, the Prime Minister has sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of those deceased, the Prime Ministers Office announced today..

It has been further announced that Rs 1 lakh would be paid each to the seriously injured from the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund.

The Prime Minister had, yesterday condemned the terrorist blasts in Guwahati. He expressed his condolences to the near and dear ones of those killed in the blasts and his sympathies to those injured.