North Gazette News/New Delhi
After denial over giving additional compensation to 1984 anti-sikh riots victims, Indian government on Wednesday approved Rs 5 lakh compensation that would be provided in addition to earlier amount they had received.
As per reports, the decision was taken in the Union Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Around 3,325 people were killed in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that were triggered after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
Out of these, 2733 people were killed in Delhi while the rest of the victims were from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and other states of India.
Modi government’s decision to provide compensation to 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims would cost Rs 166 Crore to the exchequer.
It is pertinent to mention here that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the then UPA-I regime had announced compensation of Rs 717 Crore, including compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh along with financial assistance to victims who had suffered injuries or lost property in 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
But only Rs 517 Crore was spent by the then government and Rs 200 Crore remain unspent due to disputes over the claimants.
Over 30 years had passed since the 1984 anti-Sikh riots took place but cases in this regard are still pending in the courts with Sikh organizations alleging that many perpetrators of crime are still roaming free.