Govt Cuts 1984 Victim Compensation of Promised Amount Before Elections


NEW DELHI: A modest Rs. 10 crore has been earmarked for handing out enhanced compensation to victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide in the Budget 2018-19.

The amount was allocated in the budget, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the parliament on Thursday, and it would be distributed among victims of the riots.

Of the 3,325 victims, 2,733 were killed in Delhi while rest of the victims were from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and other states.

Soon after the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, it had announced an additional compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each to the next of kin of victims of the anti-Sikh genocide. The amount in the 2017-18 Budget was Rs. 15 crore.

Some of the anti-Sikh genocide cases are still continuing in courts and many Sikh organisations have alleged that the key conspirators of the violence were at large and victims have not yet got justice.

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