Assam boat tragedy: PM announces ex-gratia

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each for next of kin of those killed in the Assam boat tragedy.

"An assistance of two lakh rupees has been announced for the next of kin of each of the deceased in the tragedy from the Prime Minister`s National Relief Fund," a PMO statement said.

The Prime Minister also spoke to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and offered all possible help to the state government in the relief operations. Over 100 people drowned in Brahmaputra River on Monday in one of the worst boat disasters in Assam.