Bhadrak, Oct 22:
Taking strong exception to the gross inaction of the Odisha government in ensuring basic human rights and not following the applicable laws while executing Reba-Kapali Sanskar Yojana in Bhadrak district, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in a notice to the chief secretary has asked him to furnish a reply in this connection within four weeks.
The Commission issued the notice acting on a petition filed by two freedom fighters, Bhadrak District Freedom Fighters’ Association president Ramahari Goswami and secretary Shyam Sundar Behera who had raised the basic human rights issue involved in the project since the project has been executed without following the provisions of Land Acquisition Act.
The Odisha Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy-2006 has not been followed while executing the work. Besides lakhs of trees are being felled flouting the environmental laws, they pointed out.
They also alleged that neither the district administration and nor the executing agencies has paid any heed to the issues raised by Radhakanta Tripathy, a social activist who has been protesting against violation of human rights and environmental laws in the form of ‘Nadi-Nala Satyagraha’.
During the meeting with the NHRC member Satyabrata Pal, the petitioners requested him for an early intervention into the matter and take necessary steps to ensure compensation and resettlement benefits as per the Land Acquisition Act to all the victims after their identification through a proper socio-economic survey.