Haryana vows full compensation for Jat stir losses

The Haryana government on Monday announced full compensation for damage caused to private property as well as an ex-gratia payment of Rs10 lakh to the kin of the 19 killed in the Jat agitation for reservations.

The state government has decided to give full compensation for the loss of properties, both commercial and residential, in the Jat stir, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said.

An ex-gratia of Rs10 lakh will be given to the next of kin of the persons killed in the ongoing agitation and employment to a member of the family of the deceased. Also, no false cases would be registered against anyone, he said.

The decisions to this effect were taken in a meeting of the state cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. It was decided that a senior IAS officer shall be deputed as a nodal officer to assess the damage caused to private properties in both urban and rural areas, it said.

A pro forma to file claims for compensation for damage to the property would be made available online and in the office of the Deputy Commissioner. After assessment of the same, compensation would be released within a month, it said.

19 killed, 183 hurt
The release stated 19 persons have so far lost their lives in the agitation and 183 were injured. Also, 320 cases have been registered and 102 persons have been arrested. Sharma said that the government has also decided to assess the role of all officers, both civil and police administration, for any act of omission and commission during the agitation.

The cabinet reviewed the prevailing situation and the steps to defuse the tension across the state at the earliest. It also appealed to the people to maintain peace and amity, an official release said. The release said while blockades at several places have been lifted, efforts are on to remove the remaining 449 blockades on rails and roads.

(Also see: Jat stir to cost northern states Rs34,000 cr)