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Committees formed to implement assurances to '84 riot victims

August 13, 2005 18:24 IST

The union government on Saturday constituted two official committees to implement assurances given by it in Parliament with regard to payment of compensation and other kinds of relief to victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

While one committee will go into the adequacy and uniformity of compensation given to the surviving family members of those killed in riots, the other will deal with the issue of providing additional livelihood support and employment, Home Secretary V K Duggal told reporters in New Delhi.

The first committee will be headed by K P Singh, special secretary in the home ministry, and will comprise secretaries in charge of relief in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Uttaranchal, Jharkhand and Chattishgarh and representatives of the finance ministry.

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Duggal said the terms of reference of the committee include examination of adequacy and uniformity of compensation given to next of kin of those killed, additional compensation to be given to bring about uniformity and possible enhancement.

The committee, which has been asked to complete its task in two months, will also oversee implementation of the payment of additional compensation, the home secretary said.

The second committee will be headed by D K Shankaran, secretary, border management in the home ministry, and will consist of home secretaries of the states where Sikhs were killed as well as Punjab where several victims had been rehabilitated, representatives of the finance ministry and joint secretary in-charge of police in the home ministry.

Duggal said the committee will look into adequacy of relief and rehabilitation measures provided to the riot victims by various states and union territories, work out details of additional relief in terms of livelihood support and employment to eligible family members required to be given now (this will include possibility of employment in central para-military forces).

The committee, which has also been given two months to complete its work, will lay down the criteria for providing employment and other relief measures and also oversee implementation of additional relief measures required.

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Sub: Riots

India, in its pride & glory is polished by the bloods of innocent people. I in my life time will never, forget the riots we ...

Posted by nanduus

Sub: After all.....

After all, Indian Govt. realised that whatever happened during 84 riots was absolutley disgusting. Moreover compensation is not enough to heel the ages old wounds, ...

Posted by Ravinder Singh

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No body will get the compensation properly, Does anybody remember how many years its been ?? Whats purpose does it solve now after decades ? ...

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Why after 20 yrs. now every one is almost forgotten every thing, if at all Govt is giving compansation to the victims, that is good ...

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Sub: The suffering Sikh brethren

Yes, the committees must ensure that they ACT FAST and actually provide relief and the healing touch,AND PUNISH THE GUILTY.Not a single precious Sikh life ...

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