Centre announces Rs 330 cr relief package for Godhra victims

May 22nd, 2008 - 7:21 pm ICT by admin  

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced a relief package of Rs 330 crore for the victims of the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat.

In a Union Cabinet meeting, Singh also approved proposal for payment of additional ex-gratia to the victims as also towards damaged residential properties and uninsured commercial property.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram said after the meeting, The next of kin of 1,169 people killed in the riots would be paid Rs 3.5 lakh ex-gratia in addition to the amount paid by the State Government which would amount to an additional liability of Rs 40.91 crore to the exchequer.

A sum of Rs 1.25 lakh would also be paid to each of the 2,548 people injured after deducting the amount already paid to them by the State Government, Chidambaram added.

The Cabinet also gave its approval for grant of additional ex-gratia for damage to uninsured commercial and industrial properties, he said.

“Data on uninsured commercial properties are being collected and it may not be possible to give the quantum of funds required. But the intention is to give some compensation to the uninsured commercial properties which were damaged,” he added. (ANI)

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