Victims of the 1984 Sikh riots on Wednesday protested outside Greater Ludhiana Development Authority (GLADA),as the draw of lots for allotment of homes to riot victims was once again postponed.
However,GLADA claimed that due to administrative reasons the draw was postponed. GLADA had to draw lots for 800 homes,for which around 6,300 victims had applied to the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA).
While homes have been built by GLADA in Ludhiana,victims from across the state have applied,whose verification GLADA sought from deputy commissioners of all the districts.
Talking to Ludhiana Newsline,Rakesh Popli,GLADA estate officer,said,We are yet to receive verification of around 120 victims,who had applied. Just to ensure that no authentic beneficiary is left out and a bogus one is entertained,we postponed the draw of lots. He added that there was no reason to protest,as the information of postponement was made public through newspapers,a day before.
We explained to people that the step was taken to benefit them,following which they called off the protest, Popli said. The 800 homes have been divided into two groups – low income and medium income group flats.
Now,GLADA has fixed June 17 as the next date for the draw of lots.