Around six labourers from Odisha were charred to death in a fire mishap on Friday at a prawn hatchery in Repalle of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh.
After Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next kin of the deceased on Friday, Andhra Pradesh CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to each of the family.
"Reddy directed the concerned officials to give Rs 3 lakh each to the deceased migrant labourers' kin," informed an official.
Jagan said the compensation should be handed over as a humanitarian gesture to the labourers' kin, considering that they came to the state in search of livelihood.
Similarly, Reddy also instructed the concerned officials to ensure that the owners of the shrimp ponds who engaged the labourers also pay compensation to the labourers' kin.
The six workers were found dead near a shrimp pond in Lankavanidibba village in Guntur district on Thursday night.
The police are investigating the cause of death of the six men who were working in the shrimp ponds.
Some locals are suspecting that the workers could have died of electrocution, suspecting the power lines to have fallen on their shed. Burn injuries were also found on the bodies of the deceased workers.
The six men came to the district in search of livelihood only a few months ago.
(With Inputs From IANS)