The compensation commission has extended the last date by which relatives of Baldia factory fire victims can file for claims till March 9.
The commission, which had been formed by Sindh High Court on January 29 to distribute the money pledged by the government and a foreign firm among the families of the victims, had initially set March 5 as the deadline for submission of compensation claims.
“The commission has decided to extend the deadline because they have only received 80 applications so far,” explained an official from the organisation.
Around 259 people passed away in the fire which reduced Ali Enterprises to ashes on September 11, 2012. The fire was termed the worst industrial incident in the history of the country and several international suppliers of the company pledged support for the families and survivors. The unidentified victims were recently buried.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 5th, 2013.