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An Assessment Of The Situation

Ahooja Committee Report


C O N C L U S I O N

The Committee concludes that the number of dead in the November 1984 riots is 2733. The particulars of these cases are given in parts I, II and III respectively of the enclosed list.

The Committee recommends that in addition to other benefits, suitable Government employment should be offered to the eligible widows or one member from each family in relaxation of rules pertaining to age, educational qualifications and work experience.

The Committee recommends that old age pension of Rs.500/- per widow should be granted in such cases where the widow is of more than 55 years of aged and no employment has been given to the widow or one of her sons.

The Committee recommends that a stipend of Rs.50/- and Rs.100/- per child be given to the children of those killed in riots, while studying in school and college respectively.

The Committee concludes that most of the cases of death and relief have already been covered. However, there could well be a few more who have not came forward so far either through ignorance or infirmity. The door can not be closed for them. The Committee would, therefore, recommend that the work of the Relief Commissioner should continue. As the number of such cases is not likely to be large, no additional establishment would be necessary for this purpose.

In conclusion the Committee would like to acknowledge the help and co-operation given to it by the officers of the Delhi Police, Delhi Administration and the Government of India in conducting this enquiry by Shri F.S. Riazuddin who was appointed as the OSD to the Committee worked virtually single handed to receive and sort out the applications and to conduct the initial interviews with the applicants. Smt. Naini Jayanseelan, earlier Additional District Magistrate in the D.C. Office and later Joint Secretary (Planning) provided invaluable help in collecting the data from the Relief Commissioner’s office. Shri S.P. Kapoor of the Bureau of Economics and Statistics helped the Committee with the computerization of the records and the preparation of the final list. The assistance given by him and his staff is gratefully acknowledged.


(R.K. AHOOJA)
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