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More '84 riot victims likely to get compensation
April 28, 2008 20:43 IST
All genuine victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, whose claims were rejected by the authorities, will receive compensation of Rs two lakh each within a month, a senior Punjab government official said on Monday.
"But they will have to establish that they are genuine claimants," Divisional Commissioner (Patiala) S K Ahluwalia, who is inquiring into rejection of 1,200 cases of compensation for the victims, said.
Surjit Singh, president of the 1984 Danga Peerit Welfare Association, has accused the Ludhiana district administration of wilfully rejecting deserving claims for compensation on frivolous grounds.
The district administration, on other hand, maintained the claimants were bogus.
After investigations, Ahluwalia said he had suspended three employees, including a Superintendent, of the DC office for allegedly rejecting many genuine claims or for approving wrong claims.
He had also sought an explanation from an SDM for alleged over-writings on the case files, Ahluwalia said.
He said he would he would personally explain to the Financial Commissioner (Relief and Rehabilitation) the role of Deputy Commissioner Sumer Singh Gurjar under whose supervision the cases were examined and decided.
There were cases, which were approved and then rejected without giving any reason, he said. Ahluwalia said, "The whole issue has taken the form of a scam".