The Telegraph
Wednesday , July 16 , 2014

Cash, jobs for bereaved in 60 days

On July 9, 2008, Maoists gunned down Tamar MLA and former minister Ramesh Singh Munda while he was attending a function at SS High School, Bundu. His widow, Vasundhara Devi, is still waiting for a compensatory job

On September 2, 2012, Maoists shot farmer Phagu Mahto at Torpa in Khunti, branding him a police informer. His widow Basanti Devi, who struggles to feed her four children, has neither got a job nor cash as damages

On February 7, 2014, Maoist shot dead businessman Pradeep Singh in Khelari, Ranchi district, 16 years after setting his house on fire in 1998. His widow Namita Devi, who has not received compensation, is struggling to feed her two children

Ranchi, July 15: These three unfortunate ladies are among several bereaved persons who have lost their near and dear ones to Maoist violence since the birth of Jharkhand in 2000 but are yet to be compensated by the state.

The sombre fact came to light on Tuesday afternoon during DGP Aapke Dwar, a programme hosted at state police headquarters in Dhurwa, Ranchi, in which state director-general of police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar, through videoconferencing, interacted with as many as 24 family members affected by Naxalite violence across districts.

Bereaved family members, sitting with superintendents of police (SPs) at their respective district police headquarters, spoke with the DGP on their screens from noon to evening.

DGP Kumar, hearing out individual stories patiently, directed the SPs concerned to take proper action in each case and ensure speedy delivery of compensation to the next-of-kin of victims.

According to government provisions, Rs 4 lakh in cash and a government job should be given as compensation to the kin of those killed after June 1, 2009. For the kin of those killed before that date, damages comprise Rs 50,000 in cash and a government job.

“Kindly ensure compensation is handed within two months. It is already very late in many cases. Whatever correspondence is done in the matter should be communicated to SP (Naxalite) A. Vijaya Laxmi at state police headquarters for proper monitoring of compensation payments,” Kumar asked all the SPs.

On the importance of this interface, IG (provisions) Anurag Gupta told The Telegraph that since the year 2000, 1,271 people in Jharkhand had been killed in Naxalite-sponsored violence. “But this was for the first time that police took an initiative to know about the status of compensation paid to bereaved families.”

DGP Kumar and IG Gupta apart, others present during the programme included ADG (special branch), Rezi Dungdung, IG (Ranchi zone) M.S. Bhatia as well as special branch officers.