Punjab cabinet approves Rs 60 lakh compensation for Shillong Sikh community

Amrinder Singh

Chandigarh, Dec 11 : The Punjab cabinet on Tuesday approved relaxation in instructions of the Relief and Resettlement Department for providing Rs 60 lakh as compensation to the Sikh community against the damage caused to their properties during violence in Shillong on May 31 this year.

A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that out of the total amount of Rs 60 lakh, Rs 50 lakh would be provided to Khalsa Middle School, Bara Bazar, for reconstruction, as its old building has been declared unsafe.

The rest of the money will be given to the members of Sikh community who suffered losses in the violence.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had deputed a four-member delegation led by Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to visit Shillong for taking stock of the damage caused to the properties of Sikh community in violence.

The delegation had detailed deliberations with the members of the community, where certain requests were made by the Sikhs for monetary assistance, the spokesperson said.

On their return from the strife-torn areas of Shillong, the delegation submitted a report and apprised the Chief Minister about the situation.

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