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1984 Riots: Rs 3.5 lakh Haryana govt ex-gratia for each death

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Chandigarh, Mar 1 (UNI) In line with an assurance by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Haryana government has decided to grant ex-gratia at the rate of Rs 3.5 lakh to each case of death during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

This will be in addition to the amount paid by the state government. Ex-gratia in case of injuries will be paid at the rate of Rs 1.25 lakh minus the amount already paid by the state government.

Ex-gratia for damaged residential properties, uninsured commercial or industrial properties would be paid at the rate of ten times the amount originally paid after deducting the amount already paid.

This decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting here yesterday following the assurance given by Dr Singh and Home Minister Shivraj Patil in Parliament during the discussion on the report of the Justice Nanavati Commission of Inquiry into the 1984 riots.

It was also decided by the Cabinet that the children and family members of those who died in the riots of 1984 will be given preference in recruitment in para-military forces, India Reserve Batallions, State Police forces, Public Sector Undertakings and other State and Central Government department by providing necessary age relaxation.

Those who had to leave their jobs due to riots and had already crossed the age of superannuation may be given necessary pensionary benefits by relaxing the normal rules to the extent possible.

The Cabinet approved the proposal of Home Department of an allocation of Rs 6.75 crore to provide relief to the riot victims of 1984.

In Haryana 106 persons were killed in the 1984 riots, out of which compensation at the rate of Rs 3.5 lakh has been given in 100 cases and six cases were under scrutiny.The State Government has already paid a sum of Rs 22.07 lakh for damages to the residential buildings and an amount of Rs 14.09 lakh in case of damages to the uninsured commercial and industrial properties.

The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

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