Chandigarh — The Punjab Government has issued instructions to all deputy commissioners (DCs) in the state to facilitate speedy rehabilitation of refugee Sikh families which had _ been rendered destitute following the November riots in the country.

Mr. B. B. Mahajan, financial commissioner (revenue), said on Tuesday the measures were aimed at persons who continued to stay in Punjab and were not willing to go back to states from where they had come.

He said that out of 5,855 families who had migrated, a total of 2,232 families had not returned to their respective home. Of these, 314 were widows and their children, 80 families had lost their breadwinners and 275 others had lost all their property.


Of these families, a total of 470 continued to stay in gurdwaras in the state even now, while the remaining had either rented accommodation or were staying with relatives. Mr. Mahajan said that of the migrants continuing to stay in Punjab, the maximum were in Ludhiana (741) followed by Ropar district (306).

Article extracted from this publication >>  April 5, 1985