2002 riots: HC accepts Gujarat plea over jobs to victims kin

Ahmedabad, Feb 14 (PTI) The Gujarat High Court todayaccepted the State Government''s plea that it was not possibleto provide appointments on compassionate grounds to familymembers of the 2002 post-Godhra riot victims as it was apolicy decision.

The HC said since the Government has stated that itwas unable to give jobs on compassionate grounds to familymembers of the riot affected persons, it was not inclined tomake an opinion with regard to the matter.

"As it is a matter of Government policy, we pass noorder for grant of compassionate appointments," a Divisionbench of Chief Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice K M Thakarsaid.

The observation was made while hearing a publicinterest litigation (PIL) filed by Gagan Sethi, a member ofSpecial Monitoring Group appointed by National Human RightsCommission (NHRC) after the 2002 riots.

The Bench also directed the state to immediatelydisburse Rs 85.75 crore released by the Centre for personswhose uninsured commercial and industrial properties weredamaged during the communal violence nine years ago.

It asked the Government to direct all 22 DistrictCollectors concerned to disburse the compensation amountimmediately, and provide it with a list of persons in eachdistrict in whose name payment has been made.

Further hearing has been scheduled on March 15.

The State Government had told the court last year thatit has disbursed the compensation package, announced by theCentre, to almost all the riot victims. (More) PTI PB PD RSY

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