Gujarat riot victims should be compensated akin `84 riot victims: MPs

The delegation of MPs, which visited riot-affected families in Gujarat, have recommended that the victims of 2002 post-Godhra communal violence should be given compensation on lines of victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Ahmedabad, Dec 22: The delegation of MPs, which visited riot-affected families in Gujarat, have recommended that the victims of 2002 post-Godhra communal violence should be given compensation on lines of victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

It said the money in any future financial package for infrastructure for riot victims should not be routed through the Gujarat government but be handed over to a central agency.

These are of a series of recommendations submitted by the delegation of members of Parliament to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on December 19.

The MPs, who found shortcomings in rehabilitation of the riot-affected families hailing from the minority community, recommended "more financial assistance" to the victims "on line of the package declared for the victims of 1984 Delhi riots and elsewhere."

The MPs, who visited the affected families living in Ahmedabad and Sabarkanta districts of the state on November 30, had found lack of basic infrastructure like sanitation, drinking water, education, electricty and the families were living in cramped rooms.

The text of the suggestions, which was faxed to mediapersons here by one of the MPs who was part of the delegation, said in any future financial packages, the "money meant for building (houses) and infrastructure should be given to any central agency like HUDCO."

The MPs also favoured for conducting a special survey by any Central government agency or commission like the National Minority Commission to rehabilitate these families economically by finding out potential employment opportunities for them.

The report also alleged that the lands and properties belonging to some riot victims in Ahmedabad have been taken over by leaders of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Calling for dismissal of Gujarat government for its failure in providing adequate rehabilitation to the riot victims, the delgation said that there was "adequate evidence of discrimination" against minority community in Gujarat and the Modi government was following a "policy of exclusion" by "discriminating" against members of one particular religion.

The delegation which visited Gujarat consisted of members from the Congress party, CPI(M), Samajwadi Party, RJD, Lok Jan Shakti Party and Forward Bloc.

Bureau Report

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