On Monday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), in a statement, said that it has issued notices to governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan and their police chiefs over the ongoing farmers' protest. The commission, through the notice, has enquired regarding the actions taken by the administrations to control the ‘adverse impact’ of the protests.
In the statement, the NHRC said there are claims of the stir impacting at least 9,000 micro, medium and large companies. Traffic is also allegedly impacted, it said.
“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 up at the borders,” the statement reads.
The Commission has issued notices to the district magistrate, Jhajjar in Haryana, in the case of alleged gang rape of a human rights activist at the protest site and asked a reply to it by October 10. In effect, it has issued a fresh reminder to the official to file a report.
"No report was received from the DM, Jhajjar, regarding the payment of compensation to the family of the deceased,” the Commission said.
Furthermore, the other state governments that the commission issued notices to are Delhi, Rajasthan and poll-bound Uttar Pradesh seeking reports on the inconvenience caused and grievances of the general public due to farmers’ protests.
"The National Disaster Management Authority, ministry of home affairs and ministry of health, Government of India, have been asked to submit reports concerning the adverse impact of farmers’ agitation on various aspects and observance of Covid protocols at the protest sites, ‘’ the NHRC said.
Moreover, the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) has been requested by the NHRC to examine the impact of the farmers’ agitation on industrial and commercial activities and submit a comprehensive report by October 10.
In addition, the commission has requested the Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi, is to depute teams to conduct a survey and assess and submit a report on the disruption of livelihood, lives of people, impact on the aged, and infirm persons due to protracted agitation by farmers.
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