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Bihar Govt increases ex-gratia payment

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 22:15

Patna: Bihar government on Wednesday enhanced the
compensation amount of Rs 50,000 to Rs One lakh to the victims
of terrorism, communalism, caste riots and those killed
during electioneering.

A decision to this effect was taken by the state cabinet
chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Briefing newsmen, Cabinet Secretary Afzal Amannullah
said that earlier the state government used to pay a
compensation of Rs 50,000 under the above mentioned heads
but the compensation amount had been jacked upto Rs one
lakh from today.

Amanullah said that the term of Bhagalupr Riots Commission
headed by a retired Judge of Patna high court, Justice N N
Singh had been extended by another six months.

Justice N N Singh Commission that had submitted an interim
report on Bhagalpur riots of 1989 in which over 1000 people
were killed, got a further extension of six months to go into
the details of the riots, the cabinet secretary said.

He said that a decision regarding transfer of 250 acres of
government land towards setting up of Aligarh Muslim
University in Kishanganj district of the state bordering Nepal
and Bangladesh was also taken at the meeting.

The cabinet also decided to transfer 449.60 acres of land to
forest and environment department to compensate 181.95 acres
of forest land that had been taken over by the department for
the completion of multi-purpose Durgwati reservoir project.


First Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 22:15

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