Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia to the families of the victims who died in the boat tragedy that took place near Devipatnam in East Godavaridistrict on Sunday.

In the wake of where a tourist boat with more than 61 passengers capsized near Devipatnam of East Godavari District, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy called for an emergency meeting with officials and ordered to stop all the boat services on rivers in the state with immediate effect.

He also spoke to Home Minister M Sucharitha, Ministers Kurasala Kannababu and Tourism Minister Avanthi Srinivas who were monitoring the rescue operations', and ordered for deployment of NDRF, SDRF personnel to help in rescue operations. If need be he also ordered for Navy to pressed into service for rescue operations.He further ordered officials to inspect the licences and also check whether the necessary safety gear and equipment in boat were present in these tourist boats . He also asked officials to form an expert committee to suggest guidelines to permit the boats.

The Chief Minister expressed his ire as to how a boat was allowed permission, when the river was in a spate and directed officials to conduct an enquiry to examine how the tragedy occurred.

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