National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman K G Balakrishnan Friday said the state government has “by and large done a good job” in rehabilitating the victims of communal riots in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts. Balakrishnan said this after meeting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and other senior officers.
The NHRC chief, however, specified that the commission was “satisfied” with the relief and rehabilitation but will continue to monitor the condition of riot victims and have given directions to the government in this regard.
Talking to reporters after holding a three-day camp sitting of the Commission in Lucknow, Balakrishnan said the government informed him that two major camps and some satellite camps remain in which 2,600 displaced persons are staying.
He said other riot victims have either returned to their native place or have settled at other places. “The rehabilitation of 51,000 displaced persons was a daunting task and the commission appreciates that the state government has by and large done a good job. However, it was pointed out to the state government that the medical facilities at the camps were not adequate and the same need improvement,” said Balakrishnan. Muzaffarnagar riots
He said the government stated that 47 persons , including children, have died in the camps till December 3, 2013 and the Commission asked the government to look into the cause of deaths of these persons and give compensation to the bereaved families. The commission also asked the government to provide adequate protection against winter to the persons staying in the camps.
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On the government’s information that 13 cases of violence against women were registered and no arrest has been made so far in these cases, Balakrishnan said the Commission asked the government to ensure “quick and expeditious action”.
Replying to a question, the NHRC chairman said the Commission has also asked the state government to ensure that the children living in camps get to study and more attention is paid to sanitation at the camps.