Delhi seeks Rs 120 cr from Centre for relief to anti-Sikh riot victims

The Delhi government has sought Rs 120 crore from the central government for giving compensation to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims and also numbering over 2,400. 

“The proposal has been sent and we hope to hear soon from the central government,” Revenue Secretary S N Sahay told reporters here on Monday, hinting at a quick decision on the issue of giving Rs 5 lakh each to nearly 2,450 families.

A sagging revenue collection this year was blamed by Sahay on the general drop in property deals in the city.

“It is true we are not even close to matching the revenue collection figures of last figure,” he said.

Revenue collection by the department and other wings of the administration stood Rs 3,000 crore short of the target set till November.

The revenue department has also conducted 773 inspections to check illegal sale of acid in the city and recommended cancellation of the registration of 43 radiologists found involved in illegal sex determination tests, he said.

Sahay said over 31.63 lakh households in the city had been covered under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. “We have achieved 100 per cent coverage under the scheme and now all households have at least one bank account,” he said.

Talking about the e-governance initiatives, the secretary said: “Within the next few weeks the revenue department would be introducing an e-refund facility for e-stamps used for registration of properties.”

The terms of the contract with the Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited are being vetted and in the coming weeks we will be able to activate the e-refund facility that will reduce the waiting time for property registrants, he said.

Sahay said under the e-District project – which is at a final stage – the revenue department will provide the facility to citizens to apply for 25 types of certificates online from their homes and the digitally signed certificates will also be delivered online.

“This will largely eliminate the need for the citizen to visit the office counters to get certificate related services. Duplicate of a certificate, if required, could also be obtained online as digitally signed certificates will be available in the citizen profile,” he said.

Apart from using satellite imagery to check encroachment on gram sabha or revenue department land, Sahay said a pilot project for computerisation of land records was also launched in south-west district.

The revenue secretary said the department has also digitised the cadastral maps – which show boundaries of all land holdings – for entire Delhi.

“The land records of 2005 onwards are all digitised and the maps and records between 1967 and  2005 are being scanned and digitised,” he said.

Sahay said rape victims and road accident victims were among the 373 cases in which the Delhi government released relief amount of about Rs 3 crore under the Victim Compensation Scheme.
DH News Service

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