New Delhi, IAS. There has been a lot of politics regarding the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, but even after 37 years of the incident, the victims are waiting for compensation and justice. However, many victims are hopeful that the central government will fulfill its promises this year. Perhaps that is why the riot victims will once again meet National Commission for Minorities Chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura and hand over the files of about 150 victims who have not got any houses till now. Let us inform that even before this, the victims had submitted a memorandum to the commission. On this, the commission had also issued notices to seven states.
Victim Sonu Singh, a resident of Tilak Vihar, Delhi, says that he was five years old and lived in Trilokpuri when the rioters killed his father and grandfather. After the incident, he was taken to Tilak Vihar and the government allotted the house by taking one thousand rupees. He demanded ownership rights from the government. He says that the Delhi government had also made promises of providing jobs, free electricity and ownership rights, but did not get any benefit.
At the same time, NCM President Lalpura said that our aim is to provide speedy justice to the victims. Information has also been sought regarding delay in payment of compensation, cases registered against the accused and further proceedings. Apart from this, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government cares about the pain of the victims. After forming the SIT, the real culprits have been identified and punished and the process of compensation has also started.
In fact, in August this year, the Ministry of Minority Affairs told the Lok Sabha that the central government has announced a rehabilitation package to provide relief to the victims of 1984, under which Rs 3.5 lakh will be given to those killed in the riots and those injured. One and a half lakh rupees will be given. Along with this, there is also a provision for the state government to give 2500 rupees per month to the widows and aged parents of the death victims for the whole life. Earlier in 2014 also, the central government had promised to increase the relief amount to five lakh rupees for the dependents of those killed in the riots.