//Assistance sought to rehabilitate Gujarat riot victims

Assistance sought to rehabilitate Gujarat riot victims

New Delhi, Nov 29. (PTI): The CPI(M) on Tuesday sought Central intervention to rehabilitate about 5,000 families, which were victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots, saying the BJP Government had "failed" to re-settle them even four years after the "carnage".

"Over 5,000 families were displaced during the 2002 carnage. Several of them were killed and their houses burnt down. These families are still living in camps", senior CPI(M) leader Hannan Mollah said during Zero Hour.

"It is a serious matter" that even as these families were not yet rehabilitated, the State Government has returned the amounts sanctioned by the Centre for the purpose," he alleged, provoking a protest from the BJP members.

Mollah said, a parliamentary delegation of several parties would leave for Gujarat today to study the situation facing these riot victims.

BJP member Harin Pathak requested the Centre for expeditious clearance of the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Bill, 2003, awaiting Presidential nod.

Hiten Barman (Forward Bloc) urged Railway Minister Lalu Prasad to immediately announce a compensation of Rs one lakh to the next of kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 to those injured in the bomb blast in a train near Belakova station near New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. He also sought a review of security on trains all over the country.

CPI(M) member K S Manoj asked the Government to take immediate steps for the release and repatriation of two Indian nationals, held in a Kuwaiti jail.

He said the two, identified as Ashraf and Francis, were working for a US firm in Kuwait. Their convoy was attacked and all of them were arrested. However, the two were released and when they went to the Kuwaiti police, they were detained.

Manoj demanded urgent steps to get them released and repatriated to India saying Ashraf belonged to his constituency of Alleppey in Kerala and was a poor man.

Archana Nayak (BJD) asked the Centre to issue stringent guidelines to State Governments to conduct surprise raids on private nursing homes to check unscrupulous activities like sex-determination tests.

N N Krishnadass (CPI-M) and K Francis George (Kerala Congress) demanded immediate Central clearance for the International Container Trans-shipment Terminal in Kerala as also the sea port at Vizinjam.

P Karunakaran (CPI-M) sought the exclusion of the cooperative sector from the ambit of the proposed Banking Regulation Amendment Bill and said most of them did not have much income to pay income tax.

BJP's G L Bhargava wanted the Centre to provide additional power to Rajasthan where, he said, power cuts was affecting the farmers, trade and business as also the water supply.