WB govt orders payment of compensation to Nandigram victims
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Last Updated: Friday, October 29, 2010, 22:37
Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Friday issued an order for payment of compensation totalling Rs 1.59 crore to those injured in the firing at Nandigram on March 14, 2007.

The move comes two days after the Supreme Court asked the state government to comply with its directive in this regard.

The 159 injured would be paid Rs one lakh each for which the government order was issued during the day, Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters here.

He claimed that the decision to pay compensation had been taken a month before the Supreme Court's directive.

The file regarding payment of compensation was with the Finance Department, he said, adding the government gave the order after it was released.

Ghosh claimed that payment of compensation had been under active consideration of the state government in compliance with the order of the Calcutta High Court on November 16, 2007.

The court had directed the government to make payment of compensation to each of the injured persons whose particulars were given.

"Governor is pleased to accord sanction to a total sum of Rs 1.59 crore only for making payment of compensation to the 159 injured persons in the Nandigram incident," the government order said.

The order allotted the sum for the disposal of the East Midnapore district magistrate for payment to the injured after proper identification.

The state government has already paid compensation of Rs two lakh each to three rape victims and five lakh each to the families of the dead.


First Published: Friday, October 29, 2010, 22:37

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