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  • NHRC bats for using PDS to help the drought affected

    Press Trust of India | New Delhi April 28, 2016

    With many states reeling under drought, National Human Rights Commission

    chairperson H L Dattu today batted for bringing the affected people under the

    targeted public distribution system to ensure food for all.

    Dattu said there was no dearth of policies and programmes for ensuring food

    for all, but the focus now should be on their effective implementation,

    especially for proper stocking and distribution and avoiding wastage, which

    remain areas of concern.

    He referred to government reports as per which 254 districts in ten states were

    reeling under drought and a quarter of population was severely affected.

    "How can we extend the services of providing foodgrains under TPDS to a large

    section of society reeling under the effect of drought, as a short term and long

    term strategy, also needs to be made part of the discussion with reference to

    Right to Food and National Food Security Act," he said at the Conference on

    Right to Food organised by the Commission.

    "The ultimate goal of National Food Security Act, integrated with various social

    welfare schemes, should be that nobody should fall prey to begging for food,"

    He also stressed on analysing impact of steps like transferring direct subsidy

    and urged all sections of society to become a "watchdog" and work towards

    ensuring that programmes are implemented in right earnest instead of falling

    prey to the "allurements of pilferage".

    "It is not only for the governments but for all sections of society to work

    towards ensuring that the programmes and schemes towards ensuring food for

    all are implemented in right earnest so that nobody sleeps without food.

    "The people themselves need to become watchdog of the welfare schemes

    instead of falling prey to the allurements of pilferage. They must stop thinking

    about the government as a separate entity from them," Dattu said.

  • He said that the criticism of the government,particularly on food security front,

    cannot take away the responsibility on the part of the every citizen of the

    country.

    Mentioning several programmes such as the 'Antodaya Anna Yojna' (AAY),

    Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) and many others, Dattu said,

    "There is no dearth of policy and programmes. The question can be raised only

    about their effective implementation."

    Noting that there was improvement in food grain production, Dattu said that

    its stocking and distribution among the needy continues to remain a point of

    concern.

    "It pains to know that 15 per cent of food worth Rs 92 thousand crore per year

    is wasted during production, harvesting, transportation and storage, as per a

    study by Union Ministry of Food and Processing Industries," he said.

    "It needs to be discussed as to what extent the efforts

    to check the leakages in the TPDS have been effective as well as the impact of

    efforts like transferring direct subsidy," Dattu said.

    "Issues such as shortage of storage facilities, the issue like location of PDS

    shops need to be looked into. If the centres for distribution of food grain under

    TPDS are located at long distance, it becomes difficult for people to approach

    them.

    Dattu said that the Food Security needs to be studied as per agricultural

    practices and the challenges facing them in the wake of falling ground water

    levels at a rapid speed which was causing an alarming situation of drought in

    several districts of the country.

    Referring to government reports as per which 254 districts in ten states reeling

    under drought and a quarter of population set to be severely affected, Dattu

    said that there was a need for discussion on how the services of providing food

    grain under TPDS can be extended to a large section of society reeling under

    the effect of drought with reference to Right to Food and NFSA.

    "Failed monsoon is severally affecting our agriculture which is heavily

    dependent on the vagaries of the weather. The issue of crop rotation to

    conserve our soil and water levels as well as our food requirements needs to be

    addressed with a missionary zeal," he said the Conference on Right to Food

    organised by the Commission

  • "The ultimate goal of National Food Security Act, integrated with various social

    welfare schemes, should be that nobody should fall prey to begging for food,"

    he emphasised.

  • Food Grains Availability to the Needy a Point of Concern: NHRC Chief

    IANS, Modified: April 29, 2016 11:34 IST

    Indicating the urgent need of strengthening the country's food policies,

    National Human Rights Commission Chairman Justice (retired) H.L. Dattu on

    Thursday said there was an improvement in the food grain production but

    making it available to the needy remains a point of concern.

    Justice Dattu, former Chief Justice of India, stressed it was painful to know

    that 15 percent of food worth Rs.92,000 crore per year is wasted during

    production, harvesting, transportation and storage.

    "Food security has to be read and studied with agricultural practices and

    the challengesfacing them in the wake of falling ground water levels at a rapid

    speed is causing an alarming situation of drought in several districts," said

    Justice Dattu.

    He was speaking at the inauguration of the national conference on Right To

    Food organised by the National Human Rights Commission.

    The conference aimed to make a state-wise assessment of the action taken on

    the National Food Security Act, 2013. Special reference was to adequate

    quantity of quality food at affordable prices to people and the functioning of the

    targeted public distribution system for the priority households and under the

    Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY).

    Justice Dattu said it was always useful and pragmatic to hold comprehensive

    discussions on regular intervals with all the stake holders to evaluate the

  • progress and impediments towards ensuring food and nutritional security to

    the people of the country.

    The Right to Food and its variations is a human right protecting the right of

    people to feed themselves in dignity, implying that sufficient food is available,

    that people have the means to access it, and that it adequately meets the

    individual's dietary needs.

    The former justice, who took over as the NHRC chairperson a month ago, urged

    the government to expand the scope of discussions on various aspects of the

    National Food Security Act, 2013.

    "There are several food schemes such as the Antodaya Yojna, Integrated Child

    Development Services (ICDS), mid-day meal scheme and many others. There

    has been no dearth in the number of policies and programmes in food issues.

    However, the question can be raised on the effectiveness of the programmes,"

    said Justice Dattu.

    He said the Supreme Court emphasised on the appointment of commissioners

    and other officials to look after the food issues in the country, which has

    improved the situation and proper implementation of the rights to food in many

    of the states.

    "The Supreme Court issued a series of interim orders recognising the

    constitutional Right to Food as flowing from the right to life and providing

    directives on proper implementation of various programmes like the ICDS and

    PDS. The apex court also ordered the creation of a new accountability

    mechanism, like commissioners for monitoring and reporting on compliance

    with court orders," Justice Dattu said.

    The event was attended by representatives of all the state human rights

    commissions.

  • NHRC: States must evolve common norms for implementing

    National Food Security Act

    30 April, 2016

    The two-day National Conference on Right to Food, organised by the National

    Human Rights Commission (NHRC), concluded in New Delhi last evening, with

    several important suggestions and recommendations to ensure food security to

    the people.

    Mr. Justice HL Dattu, Chairperson, NHRC, while delivering his concluding

    remarks, said that there is a need for the convergence of brilliant ideas and

    programmes, being put to use by different State Governments, into 'one

    mission' with 'one approach' deleting any dichotomies in the implementation of

    the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) across the country.

    Justice Dattu said that it is not understandable why the country cannot have a

    common Standard Operating Procedure on the matters of governance,

    especially, in the implementation of the programmes like NFSA. A common

    programme of implementation mechanism will go a long way in ultimately

    ensuring portability of food for all in the country, which should be the primary

    goal.

    He said that the NFSA has to be an inclusive provision of law, in terms of

    providing its benefit to the poor migrant labourers also, who may not have

    documents to support their claim under the Targeted Public Distribution

    System (TPDS) of their place of migration.

    The NHRC Chairperson also said that the civil society and NGOs, already doing

    constructive work, should also devote themselves to building awareness about

    Government schemes in not only the rural and tribal areas but also in the

    urban areas. He also appealed to all the people that they should also come

    forward in sharing this responsibility of the State. They should ensure that

    excess food is not wasted and is given to the needy.

    The participants included, among others, NHRC Members, Mr. Justice Cyriac

  • Joseph, Mr. Justice D. Murugesan and Mr. S.C. Sinha, senior officers of the

    NHRC and SHRCs, senior officers of Center and State Governments, domain

    experts, representatives of civil society and NGOs.

    The Commission will further deliberate upon the suggestions for improving the

    food security mechanism in the country and send its final recommendations to

    the Government.

  • 11 children die in Rajasthan, NHRC issues notices to state government

    Apr 29, 2016, 06.45 PM IST

    NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that 11 children with special needs, living in a state-run Rehabilitation Home in Jaipur, Rajasthan, have died in mysterious circumstances within a period of the last 12 days. The Commission has observed that the contents of the press reports, if true, raise a serious issue of human rights violation of the victim children. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the chief secretary, director general of police and director general, health services, government of Rajasthan calling for reports within two weeks.

    Allegations of government's failure in maintaining the upkeep of the Home have

    also been reported as the reason behind the incident. Reportedly, the children

    were referred to JK Lone and SMS Hospitals when their condition deteriorated,

    probably after drinking contaminated water at the Home.

  • Rajasthan suspends 6 officials over government facility deaths

    IANS | Jaipur April 30, 2016 Last Updated at 22:12 IST

    The Rajasthan government on Saturday suspended six people and placed one

    official under awaiting posting orders over the death of 11 people in a

    government-run residential facility for the mentally challenged near here.

    The decision came as Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje held a

    meeting with Social Welfare Minister Arun Chaturvedi, Medical and Health

    Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore and Chief Secretary C.S. Rajan and other

    officials over the deaths that included nine children.

    The deaths occurred between April 16 and 27 in Jamdoli area near here.

    "Director of directorate of specially-able persons has been placed under

    awaiting posting orders while six other officials including superintendent of the

    government facility and caretaker have been suspended," the state government

    said in a statement.

    Stating that the deaths of children was a very serious and shocking incident,

    the chief minister accepted the carelessness of the officers in the case.

    "Whoever is responsible for this incident, sitting at whatever high position, will

    face strict action," she said.

    Meanwhile, one more child was admitted on Saturday in the government-run

    hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) ward.

    With this, nine people have been admitted in the government-run Sawai Man

    Singh and JK Lone hospitals, including four in critical condition.

    The opposition Congress party has demanded an inquiry by a retired high

    court judge into the incident.

    "Innocent children lost their lives because of gross negligence by state

    government officials. Vasundhara Raje government is now trying to sweep

    under the carpet the complete case," Rameshwar Dudi, leader of opposition in

    the state assembly and senior Congress leader, said.

  • "We want an inquiry by a retired judge," said Dudi.

    Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, spokesperson of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress

    Committee, has asked the chief minister to sack Social Welfare Minister

    Chaturvedi.

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also issued notice to the

    Rajasthan government on the deaths.

    The Rajasthan government on Friday had announced setting up of a high-level

    committee to probe the deaths, including of nine children, in a government-run

    residential facility for the mentally challenged.

    "We have formed a high-level committee to investigate the deaths and the panel

    is expected to give its report in 15 days," Chaturvedi said on Friday.

    Chaturvedi said it seemed the deaths occurred due to some bacterial infection.

    The cause of bacterial infection has to be ascertained... why it happened and

    how it happened?

    Doctors at the JK Lone Hospital are of the opinion the bacterial infection

    seemed to have been caused by either food or water.

    Samples of drinking water have been collected and sent for testing. "We are

    awaiting the report," the minister said.

  • 11 differently abled children from govt-run home die in

    Jaipur

    Updated: Apr 30, 2016 10:12 IST

    Eleven children in a government-run institution for the mentally challenged in

    Jaipur have died of infection in the past 10 days, triggering allegations of

    negligence and food contamination.

    The government constituted a three-member committee to investigate the

    deaths of the children aged between six and 15, most of whom were orphans.

    Eight children are still in hospital and three are critical.

    Prima facie, the cause of death is not contaminated food or water but gut

    infection, said Arun Chaturvedi, social justice and empowerment minister. The

    department will cremate all the deceased, he added.

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent a notice to the state

    government, asking for a report in two weeks and said the alleged negligence in

    upkeep of the institution amounted to a human rights violation.

    The Jamdoli government home, 10 kilometres outside Jaipur, houses around

    200 children, 10-15 of whom share a room. Experts suspect the infection was

    triggered by a contamination of food or water and quickly spread due to the

    crowding.

    Today water tanks were cleaned and chlorination done. Two doctors have been

    deployed at home round the clock to keep a watch on the health of the

    children, said Narottam Sharma, chief medical and health officer, Jaipur.

    The inquiry committee, headed by the departments principal secretary

    Sudarshan Sethi and comprising medical college professor and Jaipur chief

    medical and health officer, will submit its report in 15 days, the minister said.

  • Blood, urine and water sample were taken for investigation. The post-mortem

    report is awaited yet and strict action will be taken against anyone found

    responsible, Chaturvedi said.

    Children began arriving in hospital on April 16 with diarrhoea, vomiting and

    showed signs of septicemia and septic shock.

    Medical superintendent Dr Ashok Gupta told HT 15 children between 6 and 15

    were brought to the hospital last Thursday. One child died that day and the

    rest succumbed to the infection later.

    On the directions of Sawai Man Singh medical college principal Dr US Agarwal,

    a team of doctors and paramedical staff gave necessary medicines to the

    children at the home last Sunday.

    Gupta said the deceased children include four males and three females. The

    problem started in stomach either due to contaminated food or water, he

    added.

  • NHRC to the Chief Secretary, the DGP and the DG of health services in the state.

    Fri, 29 Apr 2016-11:19pm , PTI

    NHRC on Friday served notices to the Rajasthan government, asking it to

    submit a report within two weeks over the death of 11 people with special

    needs,including eight children, in the state due to suspected bacterial infection

    after allegedly drinking contaminated water. "The contents of the press reports

    (on the matter), if true, raise a serious issue of human rights violation of the

    victim children," the Commission said.

    The human rights body served notices to the Chief Secretary, the DGP and the DG of health services in the state and directed them to submit reports within two weeks.

    Twenty-seven residents of a government-run facility in Jamdoli near Jaipur had been admitted to SMS Hospital and J K Lone hospital here. Eleven of them died between April 16 and 27. Eight persons were discharged while the others are still undergoing treatment.

  • 11 CHILDREN DEAD IN STATE-RUN REHABILITATION HOME,

    NHRC ISSUES NOTICE

    SATURDAY, 30 APRIL 2016 10:22.

    New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Rajasthan government over the death of 11 children, living in state-run rehabilitation home, under mysterious circumstances within a period of the last 12 days, a statement said on Friday.

    Taking a sou motu cognizance of the entire issue through media reports, the Commission has said that the issue is a human rights violation of the victims. "Accordingly, the Commission has issued notices to the chief secretary, director general of police and director general, health services, government of Rajasthan calling for reports within two weeks," said a NHRC statement.

    The Commission has said that the allegations of the government's failure in upkeep of the home have also been reported as the reason behind the incident.

    Meanwhile, superintendent of the government-run home, where 11 people with special needs including eight children died, was removed by Rajasthan government. Superintendent Anita Muwal was removed and put under Awaiting Posting Orders (APO) status to ensure a fair inquiry in the matter by a committee of three members, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi said. A fact-finding committee, chaired by Principal Secretary Sudarshan Sethi, will submit its report on the incident in 15 days, he added.

    It may be recalled that eleven people with special needs, including eight children, staying at a government-run home near here have died due to suspected bacterial infection after allegedly drinking contaminated water. With the opposition hitting out at the Rajasthan government over the deaths, the Vasundhara Raje dispensation appointed a three-member committee to probe the matter.

    Twenty-seven residents of the government facility in Jamdoli near here had been admitted to SMS Hospital and J K Lone hospital here. Eleven of them died

  • between April 16 and 27. Eight persons were discharged while the others are still undergoing treatment. Though post-mortem report is still awaited, doctors are of the opinion that they died due to suspected bacterial infection, Rajasthan Social Justice and Empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi told reporters.

    He said the three-member committee headed by Principal Secretary Sudarshan Sethi would submit its report in 15 days. The minister said that after receiving complaints over hygiene in the facility, a team from SMS Hospital had visited it on April 23. After receiving complaint, a team from SMS hospital visited the hostel on April 23 and gave necessary directions to the staff. The minister also ruled out possibility of food contamination initially and said the matter was being probed. Reasons of the deaths would be clear in post-mortem report, he said. Superintendent of J K Lone Hospital, Dr Ashok Gupta said the children who were admitted to that hospital were suffering from septic shock -- complication of infection where toxins can initiate a full body inflammatory response-- and high blood pressure.

  • NHRC seeks explanation from Rajasthan government for children death

    30 April, 2016

    Jaipur, Apr 30 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to Rajasthan government regarding the death of 11 children, including seven differently-abled children in a government-run home near Jaipur, according to media reports.

    It has been alleged that the children died after drinking contaminated water or food. The Superintendent of J K Lone Hospital, where the children were taken to, said that the children were brought to the hospital after they complained of diarrhoea and vomiting, media reported. They showed signs of septic shock and septicaemia. Rajasthan Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi said the cause of the death was yet to be ascertained and preliminary reports show it was some kind of an infection. He said that the blood samples have been sent for tests. NHRC has asked the government to reply in two weeks.