Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirit Somaiya has alleged that the families of several people who were killed in the November 26, 2008 terror strike in Mumbai, including police heroes, have not been compensated as promised from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund almost nine months later.
Mr. Somaiya told reporters on Tuesday that according to the Maharashtra government’s submission to the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday the ex gratia from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and the Central Scheme for Assistance to Victims of Terrorist and Communal Violence are yet to be paid.
Mr. Somaiya had filed a petition with the SHRC. He said that more than 85 per cent of the victims’ families were yet to receive the Central government’s relief.
Case of Mumbai
In Mumbai city alone, the government submitted to the SHRC that in 42 cases where deaths had taken place, money had not been received from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and 53 injured persons had not got it.
The list of victims whose families have not received assistance from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund include that of late joint commissioner of police Hemant Karkare, assistant sub inspector Tukaram Ombale, constable Vijay Khandekar and home guard Mukesh Jadhav.
The State government and the Railways have paid their share of the compensation.
List not submitted?
Mr. Somaiya said the State government had not submitted the list of people to the Centre. Under the Prime Minister’s relief fund, an ex gratia of Rs. two lakh to the families of those killed and Rs. one lakh for those injured was announced. The ex gratia was to be directly credited to the beneficiaries. Under the Central scheme, in which government employees are not eligible, payment of Rs. three lakh to the families of dead is still pending to many.