Improve rehab package of Kandhamal victims: NCM

Strongly favouring improved rehabilitation package for victims of 2008 riots in Orissa`s Kandhamal, the NCM today asked the administration to focus on providing jobs and self-employment avenues to the affected people.

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 22:09 PM IST

Phulbani: Strongly favouring
improved rehabilitation package for victims of 2008 riots in
Orissa`s Kandhamal, the National Commission for Minorities
(NCM) today asked the administration to focus on providing
jobs and self-employment avenues to the affected people.

"It will be proper if rehabilitation package for the
riot victims is improved and money given for reconstruction of
destroyed and damaged houses is enhanced," NCM vice chairman
H T Sangliana said during a visit to communally-sensitive
Kandhamal district.

Stating that the rehabilitation work in the riot-hit
district was by and large satisfactory, he said enhanced
financial assistance for house construction would enable the
affected people restart normal life soon.

Sangliana, who visited rehabilitation centres and
interacted with people in Nandagiri, Hatapada and Paburia
areas of G Udaygiri block, said the riot victims found it
difficult to get employment after being rehabilitated.

Therefore, the administration should take steps to
provide job opportunities in the form of poultry, fishery,
piggery, animal husbandry and horticulture, he said adding
efforts need to be made for self-employment avenues.

Besides examining the financial condition of the
violence affected people and their security, the NCM vice
chairman studied the education scenario and health services
in the district too.

Concrete steps were needed to ensure resumption of
studies by children and other students as many of them had
discontinued studies due to violence, he said.

Sangliana is likely to interact with Christian
leaders, NGO activists and district officials here tomorrow,
sources said.

PTI