MHA directs states to act on Bezbaruah suggestions to protect persons from NE

The ministry has also asked the states to submit an action taken report on the implementation of the recommendations by October 15.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | Updated: September 11, 2014 2:42 am
The Bezbaruah Committee was formed after the death of Nido Tania, a student from Manipur.  (Express Archive) The Bezbaruah Committee was formed after the death of Nido Tania, a student from Manipur. (Express Archive)

Following the 80-page Bezbaruah Commission Report on measures to safeguard the persons from the Northeast against discrimination in other states, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has now sent copies of the report to all state governments.

According to the affidavit submitted by the MHA before the Delhi High Court bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw, the Northeastern Division of the Ministry has written to chief secretaries of all states, with a copy of the Bezbaruah Committee report, asking states to implement the suggestions made by the committee.

The MHA has also sent a copy of the report to all the concerned ministries, including Ministry of Human Resource Development, Law Ministry and others, to comply with the suggestions.

“Recommendations and observations made by the committee often refer to Delhi. However, the committee clarified that all such recommendations should be applicable to other areas of the country as well, suitably adjusted to the local conditions,” the MHA letter read.

The MHA said immediate measures suggested by the committee should be implemented between six months and one year; short-term measures within one or two years; and long-term measures in two years.

The ministry has also asked the states to submit an action taken report on the implementation of the recommendations by October 15 as the Delhi High Court had asked the government to submit its status report on the issue by November.

During the brief hearing on Wednesday, the court asked Senior Advocate Upmanyu Hazarika, the amicus curiae in the case, to respond to the MHA status report.

“We have dealt with each and every aspect of the findings of the Bezbaruah Committee and have come out with the proposed actions,” Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, appearing for the ministry, said. The court has fixed the matter for further hearing on November 12.

Meanwhile, in the case related to the attack on two women lawyers from the Northeast in Tis Hazari courts complex, the court issued a contempt of court notice against the two accused district court lawyers and asked them to file their responses by November 12.

Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, who had appeared on behalf of the women lawyers, also asked the court to implead the Bar Council of Delhi, the statutory body which regulates and enrolls lawyers in the city, in the contempt case.

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