Rs 715-crore package for ’84 riot victims
New Delhi, December 29
The Union Cabinet today cleared a package comprising enhanced ex gratia and relief and rehabilitation assistance to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, amounting to around Rs 715 crore.The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the grant of enhanced ex gratia, which includes payment of Rs 3.5 lakh in case of death. This will be in addition to what has been already paid by the state governments, according to Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.The ex gratia in case of injuries will be given at the rate of Rs 1.25 lakh minus the amount already paid as per various court judgements.Compensation for damaged residential properties would be 10 times the amount of compensation paid minus the amount already paid, the Finance Minister said.Similarly, the compensation for damaged uninsured commercial or industrial properties would be paid at 10 times the amount of compensation paid minus the amount already paid.The rehabilitation grant to 22,000 families that had to move under duress from riot-affected states to Punjab and were still living there, would be Rs 2 lakh per family.“The total financial implication on payment of ex gratia or compensation to the riot victims will come to Rs 714.76 crore, which will be borne by the Centre,” Mr Chidambaram said.Giving the break-up, he said the financial liability on account of enhanced ex gratia payment at the rate of Rs 3.5 lakh would come to Rs 115.36 crore.Similarly, the ex gratia on account of injuries, which would be paid at the rate of Rs 1.25 lakh, would amount to Rs 8 crore.The financial liability on account of compensation for damaged residential properties and uninsured commercial and industrial properties would cost the exchequer about Rs 85.39 crore and Rs 66 crore, respectively.
Mr Chidambaram said the financial burden on account of rehabilitation grant to 22,000 riot-affected migrant families in Punjab would amount to Rs 440 crore.The Cabinet approval for the enhanced compensation comes exactly two months after the two committees constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs to look into the adequacy of compensation and deal with the issue of providing additional livelihood had recommended disbursement of about Rs 1,000 crore worth additional compensation to the riot-hit families.
The two committees were headed by the then Special Secretary K.P. Singh and Secretary (Border Management) D.K. Sankaran.
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