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One lakh Saradha depositors to be compensated by Pujas

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, September 20, 2013
First Published: 11:13 IST(20/9/2013) | Last Updated: 11:17 IST(20/9/2013)

The Mamata government is hopeful of handing compensation to at least one lakh depositors hit by the Saradha chit fund scam before the Pujas.

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“We hope that we would be able to compensate at least some of the scam-hit depositors before the Puja. We cannot compensate all of them in one go. Neither can we pay back the entire amount. But we are hopeful that at least one lakh victims, who lost everything, would be compensated,” chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday.

The chief minister was speaking at the inauguration of the new terminal building at the Andal Aerotropolis in Burdwan on Thursday. She named the building after Kazi Nazrul Islam.

“We are just waiting for the commission’s nod. We would start releasing the cash relief as soon as we get a go-ahead,” the chief minister said.

Faced with rampant public fury in the wake of the Saradha scam, the chief minister had announced a relief fund of Rs. 500 crore for those who lost their savings to the dubious concern. While an estimated R150 crore was to be mopped up via additional levy on the sale of tobacco products, the rest was to be raised from other avenues.

The state set up a commission headed by retired Justice Shyamal Sen to probe the grievances of scam-hit depositors. The commission received more than 18 lakh complaints from duped depositors across the state.

Speaking at the launch of the state’s newest airstrip, the chief minister said that over R10,000 would be invested in developing the Aerotropolis project and the effort would go a long way towards changing the industrial scene in the region comprising Burdwan, Birbhum, Bankura and Purulia distracts.

She said a modern aviation infrastructure would help in the setting up of many new industries and coalmines, which in turn could generate jobs for over 100,000 people.

The chief minister also reiterated her resolve to not allow bandhs or strikes to put a spanner in the state’s development plans.


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