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‘Indemnity for K’mal riot victims inadequate’

| | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

Compensation provided to the Kandhamal violence victim-survivors by the State and Central Governments has been grossly inadequate,” revealed a report prepared by the Centre for the Sustainable Use of Natural and Social Resources (CSNR) and the Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) here on Friday.

While launching the report ‘An assessment of damage and loss of private property during the anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal’, the research team said the compensation amount given by the State Government was arbitrarily determined and not based on any holistic impact assessments or any human rights-based criteria.

“While extensive damage to property, both movable and immovable, has been reported, the State has only compensated the families for loss of homes,” said the report and added that the criteria for determining ‘fully damaged’ and ‘partially damaged’ homes were not clear and the compensation that was paid to affected families was extremely inadequate. Even, many families which suffered losses were left out and did not receive any compensation from the State, said the report.

The team assessed that the value of total property and livelihood-related loss, as calculated in the impact assessment of 122 families in three villages, amounts to over Rs 2.28 crore while the average loss suffered by each affected family is Rs 1.86 lakh.

“It was really unfortunate that the State Government provided Rs 50,000 as compensation for ‘fully-damaged houses’ where we assessed the minimum loss of a family is Rs 1, 86, 280,” said Civil Society Forum on Human Rights convener Dhirendra Panda.

The report said a large number of families are still living in fear and have not been able to resume their normal lives five years after the violence. Among others, HLRN executive director Miloon Kothari, writer of the report Shivani Chaudhry, Odisha Adivasi Sammukhya convenor Nicholas Barla and many social activists were present at the report launching meeting.    

 
 
 

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