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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Punjab disburses grants to 1984 riot victims

Release Date: 07//18/06
News Source: NewKerala.com

Posted on 18 July, 2006 # IANS

Chandigarh: The Punjab government Tuesday announced that it had disbursed grants of Rs.200,000 each to 9,074 families of victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and other parts of the country.

Revenue, rehabilitation and disaster management secretary R.C. Nayyar said that 15,254 claims were received by deputy commissioners in Punjab, out of which 11,745 claims were found in order and 2,038 claims were rejected. Another 1,079 claims were still being considered.

He said that 2,671 claims of disbursement were pending, to be taken up soon.

The official said that 269 jobs and 2,471 houses or flats had been given to dependents of those killed in the 1984 riots. Commercial properties were provided to 999 families and marriage grants were given to another 140 riot-affected families.

The state government was also providing subsistence grant of Rs.2,500 per month to 300 riot-affected widows, he added.

The assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi in October 1984 led to the riots, especially in Delhi, in which about 3,000 Sikhs were killed.

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