TN Orders Additional Payment of Rs. 5 Lakh to Families of Those Killed in Anti-Sterlite Protest
M K Stalin, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, ordered on Wednesday that each of the 13 families of those murdered when police opened fire on anti-Sterlite demonstrators in 2018 be given an additional Rs 5 lakh in financial aid.
The government stated that the Chief Minister has ordered disbursal after Stalin announced that an additional solatium of Rs 5 lakh, on top of what the government had already granted to the families of the deceased, would be given to the relatives of 13 individuals.
On October 19 of this year, the CM announced the expanded help in the Assembly. The Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund would distribute Rs 65 lakh, or Rs 5,000 to each of the 13 families, according to a local official statement.
The state government provided Rs 20 lakh to the families of 13 individuals who died, Rs 5 lakh to 40 people who suffered severe injuries, and Rs 1.5 lakh to another 64 people who had minor injuries in 2018. According to their qualifications, the State also offered jobs to the relatives of the deceased victims.
In its final recommendation to the government, the Justice Aruna Jagadeesan Commission of Inquiry recommended awarding the legal heirs of the deceased Rs 50 lakh in compensation, less the Rs 20 lakh already paid. After deducting the previous disbursements of Rs 5 lakh, it also favoured giving Rs 10 lakh to each afflicted person.
The investigation panel probed the events that led to police opening fire on anti-Sterlite demonstrators on May 22, 2018, in the southern Tamil Nadu port city of Thoothukudi.