Odisha-based Rights Campaigner Akhand conferred with Human Rights Activist of the year – 2014

Bhubaneswar: Human Rights Activist Akhand awarded with ‘Human Rights Activist of the year-2014′ at Bengaluru recently. Noted social activist and BJP leader Rubby Yadav presented the award to Akhand.

This award is instituted by Council of Media and Satellite
Broadcasting (CMSB), a New Delhi based organization working in the field of media ethics and freedom of press. Akhand is an Independent grass-root rural Journalist and Human Rights Defender from India. Till now more than 6000 persons have benefitted by the intervention of Akhand and more than millions of people are the beneficiaries in view of policy making after the judgment of Apex rights panel i.e. National Human Rigths Commission (NHRC).

Recently, he came into limelight at national level after filing a petition at NHRC against the open toilets in Indian Railways, as it causes serious harmful and unhygienic environment to the cities, villages, towns, mountains etc. wherever the rail track passes through. Railway have assured the commission to eliminate such types of toilet by 2022.
Before this award Akhand was awarded with Neheru Yuva Kendra Award, Utkal Samaja Award for Science Writing, Dibakar Mansingh Memorial prize, Sarojini Naidu Prize (National Award) for Development Reporting on Women’s Role in Panchayati Raj System in Indian(2008) and Kalinga Book Fair Writer Award for his book Political Love(2011).

Odisha-based activist Akhand selected for Human Rights Activist of the year – 2014

Bhubaneswar: Odisha-based activist Akhand, has been named ‘Human Rights Activist of the Year’ by Council for Media and Satellite Broadcasting(CMSB), a New Delhi based organisation, for his work in the field of Human Rights.
The 36-year-old Akhand raises his voices for the depressed,
marginalized and vulnerable section of the people. He became deeply involved in campaigning where human rights are grossly violated, particularly addressing the rising police atrocity, custodial death of innocent people, act of negligence by doctors during treatment, atrocities against SC& ST, violence against children and women, farmers’ cause, freedom of press and what not. He has been running from the pillar to post to get justice and protect the human rights in the larger interest of the society.

Recently, he came into limelight at national level after filing a petition at NHRC against the open toilets in Indian Railways, as it causes serious harmful and unhygienic environment to the cities, villages, towns, mountains etc. wherever the rail track passes through. Railway have assured the commission to eliminate such types of toilet by 2022.

Akhand will receive the award in a special prize ceremony at Bangalore on this 29 August. Many activists and organization has congratulated him on this occasion.

Health ministry amended Rules to prevent misuse of banned drugs ‘Diclofenac’

New Delhi : After intervention of National Human Rights Commission(NHRC), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has amended the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules,1945 to prevent misuse of the painkiller banned drug ‘diclofenac’.

The Ministry in its reply to a case tells the Commission that the rules have been amended vide Gazette Notification GSR 503(E) on 14 July 2014. Now ‘it is mandatory that the drug (diclofenac) for human use shall be packed in single unit dose pack only’.

In last may, acting on a complaint of Odisha based human rights campaigner Akhand, NHRC had taken cognizance over the misuse of banned drugs ‘dicolfenac’, a livestock painkiller and a killer of vultures in the country. The Commission has directed Secretary of health & family welfare and Environment & Forest Ministry to submit their reply in the matter with in four weeks.

The Petitioner had alleged that the drug is misused. Though it is banned for animal use, Diclofenac is readily available with the chemists and private drug stores because it can be used to treat humans also. So, now the chemists selling veterinary drugs have started selling those meant for human beings. Mass killing of vultures creates environment imbalance that affect human life. As carcasses once eaten by vultures now rot in village fields, drinking water has become seriously contaminated, endangering human life.

To comply the commission’s direction, Shailendra Kumar,
Director(Drugs) in the Health Ministry has submitted the report. He said in the report “In view of the reports that one of the cause of decline in vulture population was the use of the Diclofenac sodium in the treatment of live stock, the Government has prohibited the manufacture, sale and distribution of the drug and its formulation for animal use .”

In order to further restrict the illegal use of diclofenac injection in animals meant for human use, the matter was considered by Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), a statutory body of Central Government under Drugs and Cosmetic Acts, 1940. The normal dose of the drug in animals is about 11 ml for three or four days while the human dose is only 3ml per dose. To prevent the illegal use of the drug diclofenac in animals, the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules,1945 have been amended to make it mandatory that drug for human use shall be packed in single dose pack only.

The Environment & Forest Ministry has not submitted its report yet to the commission, said Akhand.
Diclofenac issue_Health dept report0001.pdf

NHRC recommends Rs 1 lakh in a case of carelessness in keeping the dead body safely in the mortuary of a Govt. hospital in Rajasthan

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission in a case of carelessness in keeping a death body safely in the mortuary of the Government run Amrit Kaur Hospital, Beawar, Rajasthan has observed that it is a serious violation of right to dignity in death and recommended that the Government of Rajasthan pay Rupees one lakh to the next of kin of deceased within six weeks. The Chief Secretary of the State has been asked to submit a compliance report.

During the course of enquiry , the Commission found that the dead body of Janta Devi, who died due to drug reaction in the hospital on 11th January,2012, was not kept safely in deep freezer but was left on the autopsy table itself. Parts of her right ear and left eye were bitten by Rats. One of the staff of the hospital was terminated from the service for his lapses and disciplinary proceedings had been initiated against the rest of the staff members.

Mr. Justice D. Murugesan, Member, NHRC has observed that the word and expression ‘person’ in Article 21 of the Constitution would include a dead person in a limited sense and that his right to life which included right to live with human dignity, will have an extended meaning to treat his dead body with respect.

The state is obliged in law to keep the dead body in safe custody so that the family members of the dead person, who have the right to either bury or cremate the dead body with all the respects, can perform last rites with dignity which the dead body requires.

The Commission takes this issue as a serious violation of human dignity of the dead body of the woman and infringement of the human rights of its relatives.

How to file a petition before National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

If u want to file a case before Human Rights Commission. You can contact Akhand. He has more than 10 years experience dealing in these cases. He has created his identity in the field of Human Rights not only in the state but also in national level.

Please contact :

Mr. Akhand, a Human Rights Campaigner of Odisha (India)
Mob. 91 9938871989,
Off: at Pipili (20 km away from Bhubaneswar)

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