Kaohsiung blast victims to receive education subsidy

Kaohsiung blast victims to receive education subsidy

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Kaohsiung City Government yesterday announced they will offer compensation for the children of Kaohsiung explosion victims, saying that it would pay for their education until they graduate from university.

According to the city government, the compensation will start the first semester of 2014, which begins in September. The government has allocated a budget of NT$200 million from the donations given for the education subsidies, allowing the children of victims to attend school without having to pay for their tuition, book fees, everyday expenses and more.

The compensated include the heavily injured victims that are still in school and under 25 years old, and the unborn babies, children or wards of both dead and seriously injured; the latter need to have Catastrophic Illness Cards (重大傷殘卡).

The government will be calculating the sum of the subsidies according to the age of each receiver, and will be arranging with local banks to establish an account for each of them.

Compensation Qualification for Explosions Undetermined: MOJ

The Executive Yuan yesterday passed the amendment of the National Compensation Act, which will be sent to the Legislature for further deliberation.

When asked about whether the amended regulation that determined when a civil servant "neglected his or her duties" would apply to and affect the civil servants and government officials in regard to the Kaohsiung explosions, Administrative Minister of Justice Wu Chen-huan (MOJ, 吳陳鐶) said that the issue calls for further investigation, but the previous and amended version of the National Compensation Act did not differ too much.

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