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Govt enters poll year with relief for Gujarat riot victims

Entering into the last year of its term on Thursday, the UPA Government announced an over Rs 330-crore relief package for victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots...

| New Delhi |
May 23, 2008 12:11:12 pm

Entering into the last year of its term on Thursday, the UPA Government announced an over Rs 330-crore relief package for victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots, on lines similar to the compensation provided to victims of the anti-Sikh violence in Delhi.

“The Cabinet today approved a proposal to give additional compensation to victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots. The compensation is of the same scale as provided to victims of the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi,” announced Finance Minister P Chidambaram after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Under the compensation package, the next of kin of each of the 1,169 people killed in the riots would get Rs 3.5 lakh ex-gratia from the Central Government, in addition to the amount paid by the state Government, informed Chidambaram.

He also clarified that the number of victims of the riots has already been agreed between the state and Central Government. “The list of cases is the list from which compensation has already been paid by the state Government. So, these are the agreed figures… the state Government is in agreement with it,” said Chidambaram.

A sum of Rs 1.5 lakh would be paid to each of the 2,540 people injured, after deducting the amount already paid to them by the state.

The package also includes ex-gratia for the 29,467 cases of damage to residential premises, 10 times over and above the support provided by the state Government. Additional ex-gratia has been cleared for damage to uninsured commercial and industrial properties, Chidambaram said, adding that the data for the same is being collected.

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