Congress complains to Central Tribal Commission

Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: The Congress has complained to the Central Tribal Commission about "discriminatory" treatment being meted out by the BJP-led Government in Rajasthan to tribals in providing relief. While the families of the victims of police firing elsewhere in the State were given Rs.5 lakh each, the kin of Ram Lal, killed in police firing in Rishhabdev town last month, was given only Rs.1 lakh, it has pointed out.

In a representation to the Chairman of the Tribal Commission, Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Ashk Ali Tak alleged, "Even in the matter of awarding compensation to the deceased in police firing a tribal is discriminated against in Rajasthan."

After the police firings at Gharsana in Sriganganagar in October and December 2004 in which six persons were killed, the families were given a relief of Rs.5 lakh each. Similarly, in Tonk district where five persons were killed in police firing in June 2005, a solatium of Rs.5 lakh each had been paid to the kin, Mr. Tak said.

The family of Ram Lal, a tribal who belonged to Dhelana village in Kherwara tehsil of Udaipur, was paid only Rs.1 lakh, Mr. Tak pointed out. "Without going into the un-justifiability of police firing, which is a separate issue, the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee submits that even in tragedies the BJP State Government is not desisting from making discrimination against Adivasis," he added.

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