The Delhi government has so far sought a refund of Rs 72 crore from the Centre for enhanced compensation paid to the families of victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, of which the Union Home Ministry has reimbursed only Rs 25 crore till date, sources have told The Indian Express.
The issue of delivering enhanced compensation for the 1984 riot victims is an important poll plank for both the BJP and AAP for the Punjab polls next year.
The BJP led-government at the Centre and the AAP government in Delhi have been locked in a game of one-upmanship over the issue of delivering enhanced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of victims — a decision announced by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in October 2014.
According to sources, the Delhi government has so far raised a demand of Rs 72 crore, amounting to compensation for 1,440 families, for the Home Ministry to reimburse. “An amount of Rs 10 crore was reimbursed to the Delhi government in March this year, and an additional Rs 15 crore in June,” a source said. “The remaining amount sought will also be released by the Home Ministry after necessary formalities are completed. It takes some time to scrutinise documents and process the release of funds when a demand is received.”