NHRC asks Odisha to wrap up fresh BPL survey soon

Bhubaneswar: Asking Odisha government to complete fresh survey of BPL families in the state, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today said high incidence of malnourishment among the children indicated that Anganwadi Centres were not being managed properly.

“Poor health service, high malnutrition cases, certain alleged starvation deaths and bad shape of Anganwadi centres are some of the major concerns of the Commission,” NHRC member S C Sinha told reporters here after the panel’s three-day camp session in the state.

On the Commission’s recommendations to the state government, Sinha said, “We have made several recommendations on improvement in mid-day meal for children, improvement of public health centres, inadequate doctors in rural pockets, implementation of MGNREGA and issue of migrant labourers.”

Though the Commission has its own organisation network to undertake survey of different programmes, Sinha said NHRC used to do surprise checking and get feed back.

He said the Commission would like to monitor different social welfare schemes being implemented by the state government.

Replying a question, Sinha said the compensations should be given within six weeks of the order.

Besides, during its camp sitting here, the Commission recommended monetary recommendations to the victims in three cases totaling Rs 5.30 lakh, issued show cause notices in eight cases and ordered enhancement of compensation amount in two cases.

The Commission also ordered closure of three cases, said Sinha.