Rajnath asks CMs to disburse Compensation to Kin of 1984 Riot Victims

New Delhi, Dec 26: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked all the chief ministers to immediately disburse compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.

Earlier in December, the Cabinet had approved Rs 5 lakh compensation to the families of victims who died in the violence triggered by the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

The victims killed in the violence were from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states. Around 3,325 people were killed in the riots.

The UPA government in 2006 had announced a package of Rs 717 crore that included compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh to the kin of each killed in the riots besides financial assistance to the injured and those who had lost their property.

However, only Rs 517 crore had been spent and the remaining Rs 200 crore could not be distributed because of dispute over claimants.

Meanwhile, the minister said that a Grievance Redressal Committee has been formed to address the complaints of the relatives of 1984 riot victims and added that justice will prevail against those guilty.

"A Grievance Redressal Committee has been formed (to help relatives of 1984 riot victims). A retired High Court Justice has been made the chairman and the committee will soon start its work. You can go and lodge your complaints there. I assure you that the Home Ministry will work on the recommendations of the Committee," Singh said while distributing compensation cheques to 1984 riot victims.

Expressing his sympathies with the families of the victims, Singh said, "The moment I was distributing the cheques it was very sentimental, I saw many mothers and sisters with tears on their eyes."

"The incident took place thirty years back...... I saw that the pain is still very much intact. Lakhs or crores cannot compensate their pain and I understand that," he added.

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