Bhubaneswar, Jan 9:

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday said the Odisha government should ensure effective implementation of key socio-economic programmes for the well-being of people.


“The effective implementation of key socio-economic flagship programmes of the Government of India are crucial in ensuring the socio-economic well-being of particularly those who grapple with poverty and lack of livelihood opportunities on an everyday basis,” said NHRC Chairperson Justice H.L. Dattu while inaugurating a three-day camp court of the commission here.

He said the state government is required to make efforts for improvement of health, education and the socio-economic situation in several parts of the state.

The commission said while many positive developments have taken shape in Odisha, there are several areas in which efforts are required to further improve the situation of human rights within the state.

“The Commission notes with concern several instances from within the state, of acquisition of land for various developmental projects without adequate compensation or alternative livelihood support to those displaced from their lands,” said Justice Dattu.

“To add to this, there are disturbing allegations of police brutality against protesting villagers and even journalists covering such protests,” he added.

He said the problem of trafficking of women and girls is indicative of a problem that is not simply related to lack of effective protection for women and girls, but also aspects of poverty, illiteracy and lack of adequate livelihood opportunities.

It often compels families to relinquish care of their children, including adolescent girls, to outsiders, such as unscrupulous employment agencies, agents, and even shelter homes, said the NHRC chairperson.

“The commission has been deeply concerned about protection of the rights of girls and women. In this context, we would like to know from the authorities about the initiatives taken, particularly with respect to human trafficking, if any, child marriage as well as efforts towards gender sensitisation among police personnel and other public functionaries,” he said. (IANS)