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NHRC issues notice to 4 states, police chiefs over ‘adverse impact’ of farmers’ protests

By Saima Siddiqui 
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NHRC issues notice to 4 states, police chiefs over ‘adverse impact’ of farmers’ protests

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has send notices to the Centre and the governments of four states; Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh over the “adverse impact” of the ongoing farmers’ protests on industrial units and transportation.

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The Commission also issued notices to the Chief Secretaries UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi and Director Generals of Police, UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Commissioner of Police, Delhi, “calling upon them to submit their respective Action Taken Reports”.

“There are allegations of adverse impact on the industrial units, seriously effecting more than 9000 micro, medium, and large companies. Allegedly, transportation is also adversely impacted, causing the commuters, patients, physically challenged people and senior citizens to suffer due to the heavy congestion on roads. There are also reports that people have to travel long distances to reach their destinations due to the ongoing farmers’ agitation and barricades have been put on the borders. There is an allegation that there is breach of the corona protocols by the agitating farmers at the protest site. There is further allegation that the inhabitants are not being allowed to move out of their houses due to the blockade of the passage,” the statement said.

Since the farmers’ agitation involves the issue of human rights where the right to agitate in a peaceful manner is also to be respected, said the Commission, it has taken some other actions too.

The Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) has been requested to examine the adverse impact of the farmers’ agitation on industrial and commercial activities/production and disruption of transport services on commercial and normal consumers, including inconvenience and additional expenditure, etc. and to submit a comprehensive report in the matter by October 10, the NHRC said.

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“The National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health, Government of India, have been asked to submit reports with respect to the adverse impact of farmers agitation on various aspects and observance of Covid protocols at the protests sites,” it further said.

In the case of alleged gang rape of a human rights activist at the protest site, no report was received from the DM, Jhajjar regarding the payment of compensation to the next of kin of the deceased, the statement claimed. A fresh reminder was issued to the DM to file the report by October 10, it read.

Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi has been requested to depute teams to conduct a survey and submit the report assessing the disruption of livelihood, lives of people, impact on the aged and infirm due to protracted agitation by farmers, it added.

Farmers from various states have been protesting at Singhu Border and Tikri Border of Delhi-Haryana and Ghazipur border of Delhi-Uttar Pradesh, and have camped there since November 25 last year, seeking repealing of the three new agri laws.

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