Odisha pollution board asks Hospitals to take permission before discharge of waste water

Bhubaneswar: Odisha state pollution control board (OSPCB) asks Hospitals with more than 100 beds to strictly follow the guidelines and take consent from the board for discharge of waste water. Because the waste water from these hospitals can pose serious threat to the environment.

The hospitals with more than 100-beds as per Section 25/26 of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 have been advised to take proper steps for proper management of waste water revealed a notification issued by the OSPCB member secretary.

Odisha Govt doing nothing to shift wine shops near schools, says NHRC

By Prafulla Das in Bhubaneswar :
The National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) has expressed its grave concerns over a large number of bar/ wine shops running within a radius of 500 meters of institutions like schools, colleges, temples in Odisha and said that “it also appears from the record that no effective steps have been taken by the State Government for shifting of such bar/ wine shops.” The commission has again directed state Chief Secretary and DGP to reply in the matter at camp sitting in August at Bhubaneswar.

Human Rights activist Akhand in his complaint in last year alleged that despite the rule that no bar and wine Shop should be operated within a radius of 500 meters of any educational institution, temple, petrol pump or any other crowded place, many such outlets continue to operate in the State. of Odisha. The complainant further stated that according to the Government data, there are more than 430 such wine shops
Taking cognizance in the matter, the commission called for a report from Chief Secretary and DGP within four weeks. No report has been received from the Chief Secretary as well as DGP, Odisha. However as per record reports have been received from Superintendent of Police, Malkangiri, Sundargarh, Deogarh & Nabrangpur, Odisha. As per report of Superintendent of Police, Malkangiri no such bar and wine shops are operating within a radius of 500 meters of any educational
institution, temple, petrol pump or any other crowded place in Malkangiri District. In Sundargarh there are 44 and in Nabarangpur atleast 14 such bars and wine shops. Superintendent of Police, Deogarh also admits the allegation.
The Commission has perused reports placed on record and finds that as per reports a large number of bar/ wine shops are reportedly running within a radius of 500 meters of institutions like schools, colleges, temples etc. Despite period of more than one year has elapsed but Chief Secretary and DGP, Odisha have not responded to this
Commission’s notice dated issued on 7.10.2013 till date and it also appears from the record that no effective steps have been taken by the State Government for shifting of such bar/ wine shops.

Let JR(Law) to write and remind Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha and DGP, Odisha to submit report within four weeks. This complaint shall be taken up by the Commission at its Sitting which may be held at Bhubaneshwar from 19 to 21 this August.

States not serious in dealing with silicosis :NHRC

New Delhi : The NHRC Chairperson, Justice Shri K.G. Balakrishnan, today said that the State Governments were not serious enough in dealing with silicosis, a disease of lungs caused due to inhalation of silica in dust which is incurable but preventable. Silicosis is prevalent in almost all States though they did not maintain an authentic data on the exact number of affected persons. He said that the callous attitude of State Governments is a point of concern for the NHRC.

Justice Balakrishnan expressed these views while inaugurating a day-long National Conference on Silicosis organized by the NHRC at India International Centre in New Delhi. He said that the occupational hazards of silicosis are preventable if the working conditions are properly regulated and proper warning and protective equipment is used. But the employers are not putting them to practice. He said that there should be a separate law to ensure implementation of preventive measures to protect workers from silicosis.

He said that lakhs of workers might have caught up silicosis while working in quarries, stone crushing units, mines, glass cutting factories, sand blasting, construction, gem cutting industries, ceramic industries, but the Government has not done any survey to find out an authentic number of the victims of silicosis. Therefore, it is difficult for the Commission to pursue the issue of compensation to individuals, as per the mandate given to it by the Supreme Court of India.

Justice Balakrishnan said that it was of utmost importance for the States to develop capacity building, especially in healthcare, to identify the patients of silicosis for remedial, relief and
rehabilitative measures. Underscoring the problems of migrant workers, he said that they were the most vulnerable to this disease and suffer the most when they catch this disease as nobody would know about their whereabouts, leaving their families and dependents distraught.

NHRC issues notices to Government of Odisha and DCs/DMs in different districts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the issue of migrant bonded labourers

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission, taking cognizance of a complaint under the aegis of two NGOs that 239 labourers, released from bondage, having Release Certificates, have not been rehabilitated by the Government of Odisha. Allegedly, the rescued bonded labourers had not been even provided primary assistance for their survival which might lead them to go back to the bondage.

According to the NGOs, Janjagarn Dadan Sangha and Solidarity Group on Abolition of Bondage and Migration in Odisha, the most of the labourers rescued from different parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh belong to tribal belt of Odisha. They have demanded criminal proceedings, among other actions, in Special Fast Track Courts against the perpetrators of violence against bonded labourers and migrants.

The complainant has also said that the village economy had been deliberately destroyed by industrialization and mechanization of agriculture leading to marginalized rural communities comprising mostly of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to sell off their sources of livelihood. As a result, this has increased migration of the marginalized communities and landless labourers to work in bondage condition in brick kilns and construction sites in big cities of different States. The complainant has suggested various preventive measures to check exploitation of migrant labourers by ensuring action and procedures as per the law.

Accordingly, the Commission has issued notices to Collectors/District Magistrates of Districts Bengaluru (Rural), Bengaluru (South), Bengaluru (North) and Gulbarga in Karnataka; Khammam, Nalgonda, Nellore, Mehaboob Nagar and Kermelu in Andhra Pradesh; and District Thiruvallur in Tamil Nadu calling upon them to submit a report within four weeks.

Notices have also been issued to the Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment, Government of Odisha to submit reports within four weeks about the action taken to monitor the conditions of inter-State bonded migrant labourers from Odisha to other States and issues of their wages and children’s education and future. The Commission has decided to take up the issue at its Camp Sitting in Bhubaneswar in the third week of August, 2014.

NHRC notice to Delhi Government over constructed but not fully functional two Super Speciality Hospitals

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that two Super Speciality Hospitals namely, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in East Delhi (600 bedded) and Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital (300 bedded) in West Delhi, constructed at a cost of over Rs.150 crore, were still not ready to take in patients 16 years after the projects were started. Both have the unique distinction of being mentioned in the State Budget by successive Governments for 15 straight years till 2013, while claiming success in augmenting specialized healthcare
facilities. But not a single patient was admitted in the hospitals till date.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights and also wastage of public money due to indecisiveness of the public servants. A notice has been issued to the Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

Reportedly, in Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, except for one corner of the building, where dialysis services were being run on Public-Private Partnership mode, medical gas pipeline was yet to be installed. Most of the hospital did not have even air-conditioning or proper electricity connection. OPD services were being run from the Doctors’ Hostel.

At Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital, OPD services were being from a few rooms, while most others remained locked. There was no Super Specialist except the Director of the hospital.

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