The claims commissioner appointed by the Haryana government in 2013 to assess the financial loss caused during the previous Jat reservation agitations in 2011 and 2012 has failed to decide the claims made by Railways on account of stoppage and diversion of rail movements due to bureaucratic glitches.
The Supreme Court had in July 2013 ordered the Northern Railways to lodge a claim before claims commissioner RC Bansal, a retired district and sessions judge, within two weeks and had asked him to decide the claims by passing a speaking order within next four weeks. The apex court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice V Gopala Gowda had taken into account the losses suffered by railways on account of stoppage and diversion of trains in wake of Mirchpur incident as well.
As per an official estimate submitted to the claims commissioner, the Railways had incurred a loss of over `200 crore as a consequence of the two agitations.
“The evidence of the railways is over but that of the state government is yet to be completed. The delay has also happened due to the withdrawal of an executive engineer of Public Works department appointed as independent loss assessor. Also the government has not been able to identify all the persons who squatted on the rail tracks to cause blockade,’’ said Bansal on Wednesday.
The retired district judge said they were hopeful of settling the claims two month after a new loss assessor is appointed.
The state government had in 2013 issued a public notice stating that persons having knowledge and having any material about the loss of property on the account of the two agitations can submit an affidavit to the claims commissioner.