The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday put the Union government on notice on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking direction to the Centre to monitor the disbursement of compensation and assessment of losses to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims migrating from Uttar Pradesh during or after riots.
The petitioner, Inderbir Singh Chatwal of Ludhiana, had told the court that 62 families had migrated from Uttar Pradesh to Ludhiana after or during the riots. Though they were given Rs 2 lakh as compensation by Punjab government, they have not got the relief announced by the Centre in 2006.
The petitioner said in 2006, the Centre decided to grant ex gratia grant for damaged residential and commercial properties, 10 times the amount of loss incurred, excluding the amount already paid. As per the approved rehabilitation package, Rs 714 crore was earmarked for the purpose. The compensation was to be provided by the Union ministry of home affairs to the victims in UP, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. The assessment and disbursement was to be done by states and amount was to be reimbursed by the Centre, the court was told.
The petitioner said the UP government came out with advertisements in newspapers, pursuant to which some persons filed claims. But they are yet to get relief, the court was told, adding that these families cannot directly approach the state as they fear victimisation.