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2-day verification drive from today for release of compensation to victims

2-day verification drive from today for release of compensation to victims

New Delhi: The Delhi government will launch a two-day mega drive from Saturday to verify the claims of riot victims for compensation, led by six senior IAS officers, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Friday.

He said the verification drive will be an important exercise to determine the claimants as the AAP government is facing the issue of duplication of claim forms.

The Delhi government wants the verification process to complete at the earliest so that the victims can get compensation as soon as possible, Sisodia told reporters at a press conference.

"We have received at least 1,700 compensation applications till now. Six senior IAS officers will be heading this verification drive which starts tomorrow (Saturday). We want to get done with the verification process at the earliest so that we can release the full compensation amount to the affected families at the earliest," he added.

The Deputy Chief Minister said: "Restoration and rehabilitation work is going on at a fast pace in the riot-affected areas of north-east Delhi. SDMs have been deployed to different parts of the violence-hit region. Compensation forms are being given out to the grieving families and on their basis, the process of providing monetary compensation to the affected families has begun. We have given out Rs 25,000 as an immediate cash relief to them and we have also collected compensation forms through which we can release the entire relief amount to the affected people."

Sisodia also added that each floor of a house will be treated as one residential unit. Rs 5 lakh as relief money will be given to each residential unit, out of which Rs 4 lakh is for the restructuring of the house and Rs 1 lakh for belongings of the entire house in case they are charred or burnt. In case of substantial damage to the house, Rs 2.5 lakh will be provided out of which Rs 2 lakh will be for restructuring it while Rs 50,000 will be for belongings if they have been damaged too. Monetary relief of Rs 5 lakh will be provided to schools as well (with less than 1,000 students) if they have suffered damage during the riots. Schools with more than 1,000 students will be given a cash relief of Rs 10 lakh.

"We also held a Parent Teacher Meeting at a short notice on March 4 and 5. The idea behind holding the PTM that recorded at least 55 per cent turnout of parents was to erase the fear from their minds and to encourage them to start sending their kids to school again," the Deputy Chief Minister stressed.

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