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Cabinet approves additional rehabilitation Package 84 riot victims

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New Delhi, Apr 5 (UNI) Delhi cabinet today approved a rehabilitation package to provide additional relief to the victims of 1984 riots, setting up of an autonomous Delhi State Cancer Institute in GTB Hospital premises with an estimated cost of Rs 216 crore.

The decision was takebn in a cabinet meeting presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The state government had decided to provide enhanced relief to the 1984 riot victims as per the January 16 direction of the union government, she said.

Her government was committed to mitigate the miseries of persons affected on account of 1984 riots, she added.

An amount of Rs 206 crore would be distributed on account of death compensation, compensation in respect of damaged residential properties and damaged un-insured commercial/industrial properties and pension to the old persons and widows.

Ex-gratia amount of Rs 3.5 lakh would be paid in each case of death during riots. This would be in addition to the amount already paid by the state government. Ex-gratia payment in case of injuries would be Rs 1.25 lakh minus the amount already paid by the state government.

Compensation for damaged residential properties and damaged un-insured commercial/industrial properties would be ten times the determined amount minus the amount already paid.

Pension to all widows and aged parents of those who were killed in 1984 riots would be paid at an uniform rate of Rs 2,500 per month for the whole life from a prospective date instead of amount being paid at the rate Rs 1,000 per month.

These enhanced amount of ex-gratia would be available only to those persons who had earlier been granted relief.

Reiterating her commitment to provide relief to the victims, Ms Dikshit informed that the government had already disbursed an amount of Rs 94 crore on account of ex-gratia, compensation, pensions and marriage assistance for the daughter of deceased and marriage assistance to the widows and stipend to school and college going wards of the deceased.

Apart from this an amount of Rs 42 lakh had already been released by Divisional Commissioner Office for allotment of flats to the affected families.

Ms Dikshit further said the cabinet had decided to set up an autonomous Delhi State Cancer Institute at GTB Hospital, Dilshad Garden as there was an urgent need to create a comprehensive role model centre in the national capital, with all the state-of-the-art concepts in cancer to effectively manage various aspects of this disease, especially for the poor patients in the region.

There were no organised facilities for comprehensive management of cancer in any of the hospitals under Delhi government. Initial facilities by institute would start by December 2006 whereas full facilities would be functional by December 2007.

The institute being set up with an estimated cost of Rs 216 crore would provide world-class medical care for patients.

The Institute would also serve as a modern research centre apart from providing rehabilitation services at affordable costs. At present rate about 50,000 new cases of cancer were expected to develop in and around Delhi every year of which about 20,000 cases would be from within Delhi itself.

Cancer was known to be one of the most dreaded diseases afflicting mankind in recent times. Hence Delhi government had decided to incur annual running expenditure of Rs 1,025 crore in year 06-07, Rs 1,500 crore in year 07-08 and Rs 2,100 crore in year 08-09.

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