NHRC seeks report from state governments on Bundelkhand
Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh
governments to submit a report on the deplorable plight of people living in
drought-hit Bundelkhand region, covering the two states.
NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of CNN-IBN's reports on
starvation in the famine-hit Bundelkhand region.
"The media reports, carried on March 28 exposing the plight
of the poor inhabitants of the Bundelkhand region, if true, raise serious issues
of violation of human rights to life, equality and dignity of the people,"
observed the Commission and issued notices to the Chief Secretaries of both the
states, calling for detailed reports within four weeks.
This comes just a day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Akhilesh Yadav visited the region to distribute relief material. Akhilesh was in
Mahoba, one of the worst-hit districts, to launch the Samajwadi Sukha Rahat
Samagri Vitaran Karyakram - where free food packets were given to those
categorised as poorest of the poor.
"The Central government has provided us funds for relief but
that is not enough. It is both state and Centre's responsibility to take care of
the drought situation in Bundelkhand," he said.
Courtesy: IBN Live