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NHRC raps Government over delay in report submission

Our correspondent
Itanagar, May 26: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed concern over the delay in submission of various reports, particularly on custodial deaths, by the Arunachal Pradesh government.
The commission on Friday conducted an open hearing on various human rights violation cases and issues confronting the common people of the State.

The hearing, which was conducted at the Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre here, took up 57 issues and cases, which included non-implementation of the Right to Education (RTE), lack of basic amenities for people living along the Sino-India border, increase in suicide cases and lack of mental healthcare centres, scarcity of drinking water in Debing village in East Siang district, conditions in jails, including overcrowding, healthcare, and denial of facilities; implementation of Central government flagship programmes and bad condition of roads, among others.

The commission recommended providing monetary relief of Rs 14.40 lakh in two cases of prima facie violation of human rights and death in police custody to which the State government assured to implement the recommendation made earlier by the commission for payment of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.

The State government also assured to direct the authorities concerned to submit district-wise details on implementation of the RTE Act and to issue circulars to the authorities, including those of private schools, to implement the Act.

In three cases, the commission issued notices to the State government for providing monetary compensation of Rs 4.5 lakh.

Four cases were closed upon receipt of the reports for further consideration and examination by the commission.
The single-bench sittings were followed by an interaction with NGO and human rights defenders, who raised issues such as lack of basic infrastructural facilities in remote districts; improper implementation of the PDS scheme; the need to increase the budget for improving healthcare facilities; the need for specialist doctors; lack of supply of nutritious food at the village level through anganwadi centres and lack of toilets in districts and villages.
One of the issues raised was heavy bombing practice by the Indian Air Force in Kamle district, stated an official report.

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