A top official of National Commission for Minorities concluded his visit to Orissa yesterday but rights activists say he is unable to assess the situation of anti-Christian violence.
“We are disappointed as he didn’t go to most of the affected villages,” said Adikand Singh, one of the activists.The commission’s vice chairman H. T. Sangliana toured Kandhamal district last Sept. 14, the epicenter of the 2008 anti-Christian violence. But it was controlled by the state, Singh and others argued.
The compensation given to the churches and people was not adequate because it amounted to about “one-tenth of the total cost” of re-building, the archbishop said. He also asked the state government to ensure the safe return of those displaced during the violence and rehabilitate them according to UN guidelines. The archbishop noted that about 3,500 people are still living in temporary shelters in different villages of the state. The memorandum demanded a waiver of loans taken during and after the violence since people had no employment.source: