Admn to go by Govt orders on ?84 riots compensation
EVEN AS the Sikh community urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to have a re-look into various aspects of relief and rehabilitation provided to the 1984 riot victims, the district administration said it would move ahead as per government directions.
The Union Government has issued orders under rehabilitation package this January that are based on the recommendations of Nanavati Commission.
The instructions for rehabilitation, officials say, are quite clear. Every deceased is to receive ex-gratia payment of Rs 4.50 lakh, out of which Rs 1 lakh has already been paid between 1986 and1998. In all, 29 persons had died in the riots in
Besides, every injured person is to receive Rs 1.25 lakh irrespective of the type of injury received. Here too, some amount of compensation has been paid earlier, which would be subtracted while paying the remaining dues. As for the loss of moveable and immoveable property, the riot affected would receive 10 times of the compensation given earlier.
Official records indicate total number of riot-affected persons to be 885 (including the deceased) though administration has received 1400 applications seeking compensation from March 1-15, 2006. The applications that are under scrutiny would be placed before the committee headed by District Magistrate Vivek Aggarwal. The three members of the committee include Superintendent of Police, Additional Collector and District Prosecution Officer.
SDM and rehabilitation package in-charge Nilay Satbhaiyya informed that the administration would disburse about Rs 6 crore to the riot victims by April first week. The district administration would recompense on the basis of reimbursement made earlier to the enlisted victims.
As for the fresh claimants, it would be impossible to ascertain now the damage caused 20 years back in absence of concrete proof. He said the applications of fresh claimants who did not seek reparation immediately after the riots and whose names are absent in the casualty list would be sent to the State Government for perusal.
Though the disbursement was to be completed by March 31, the order for rehabilitation was received in February-end from the Centre. According to Satbhaiyya, the Sikh community has sought a month’s time to enable the victims, who shifted out of district, to come and establish their claims.
As for their demand to give government jobs to family members of the affected, the decision has to be taken at Bhopal.
Following are the demands made by the Coordination Committee of Shri Guru Singh Sabha, Sikh Forum and Gurmat Mission from government:
*The ex-gratia payment of Rs 3.50 lakh is less compared to nine per cent interest ordered by Supreme Court. As per SC decision, it comes to Rs 6.20 lakh.
*Ex-gratia should be paid in proportion to the losses certified or established. *The list prepared at collectorate has clubbed the losses under major heads like death, injury and loss of property without assessing the extent and nature of each injury or damage. In some cases, relief shown in the list is less than the relief paid.
*Administration should be lenient in fixing the criteria to compensate the fresh claimants.
*The claimants should be given an unemployment allowance of Rs 5000 per month from July 2006 in case the employment is not provided to the victims by June this year.
*Government should clarify whether the 10 times compensation to be awarded for the loss should be based on the ‘loss reported’ or the `loss certified’.
*Monthly pension of Rs 2,500 should be made effective from specific date instead of prospective date as mentioned in the package.
According to Union Government orders every deceased is to receive ex-gratia payment of Rs 4.50 lakh, out of which Rs 1 lakh has already been paid between 1986 and1998. In all, 29 persons had died in the riots in the district. Besides, every injured person is to receive Rs 1.25 lakh irrespective of the type of injury received