The district administration’s survey has identified a total of 1,128 properties in Rohtak that were damaged in violence during the recent Jat agitation for reservation.
Deputy commissioner DK Behera said they had received the claims pertaining to 937 properties till Wednesday, which had amounted to a sum of more than Rs 395 crore, as per the version of the property owners. These had been sent to the government for further action.
In the first phase of distribution of compensation, the government had decided to give 25% of the losses claimed by the property owners, subject to a maximum compensation of Rs 2 lakh. Going by it, Behera said they had already compensated 133 property owners, including 58 in Rohtak, 71 in Meham and 4 in Kalanaur, through real-time gross settlement (RTGS).
The total money given to these 133 owners was Rs 1.68 crore, Behera said while adding a compensation of Rs 12.31 crore would be distributed to 785 property owners on Wednesday.
For the remaining compensation to the owners, Behera said: “We have made three committees which will check all the claims and documents of the property owners. The committees will start their work from tomorrow and would submit their reports within 10 days.”
He said several cases of fake claims had come to their notice wherein owners had inflated their actual losses, but the committees would properly look into these.
He also said that the priority of these committees and the administration was to compensate the small-shop owners first and big shop owners later, adding that the obligation of producing required documents could be waived off for small shop owners.
The government has divided the properties into three categories on the basis of their location — district (comprising Rohtak, Meham and Kalanaur), village and miscellaneous. The total properties damaged in the district category were 1,016 while only one property was damaged in villages. In the miscellaneous category, 111 properties were damaged, including nine factories, 17 educational institutes and one toll plaza.
Besides, 64 government properties, including 11 police stations, were also damaged, which would be dealt separately, Behera said.