NHRC given details of human rights protection efforts

Meeting held at Mantralaya

nhrc17.5.16Bhopal, May 17, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):   General Secretary of National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi Mr. S.N. Mohanthy met Chief Secretary Mr. Anthony de Sa at Mantralaya here today. CS informed Mr. Mohanthy about details of human rights protection efforts in Madhya Pradesh. National Human Rights Commission’s General Secretary Mr. Mohanthy also held discussions with Principal Secretaries of Home, Jails, GAD, Labour, Women & Child Development, Health, Agriculture, Scheduled Castes Welfare, Urban Development & Environment, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Protection and other departments. Earlier, Mr. Mohanthy also met office-bearers of NHRC in Madhya Pradesh. At the meeting in Mantralaya, NHRC was informed that special attention is being paid to human rights protection in Madhya Pradesh. State Human Rights Commission has established Ayog Mitra at district level. Human Rights Cell chaired by Home Secretary has been constituted in the Home Department. The cell disposes of cases of human rights violation received from National and Human Rights Commissions. Jail Department has provided facilities of skill augmentation, additional barrack construction, legal help, literacy camps, incoming telephone service, treatment, honorarium for work and reading of newspapers-magazine to prisoners in jail.

Women and Child Department has ensured facilities for people to adopt children, pre-adoption nourishment of children, admission of children under street-to-school campaign, efforts to curb child begging, preparation of children’s Aadhar Cards and vocational training. District Women’s Empowerment Officers have been declared as District Child Protection Officers. There are 30 government and 112 private childcare institutions in the state. Health Department has implemented Mental Help Programme and provided resources for this to 20 districts in the state this year.

NHRC was informed by Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Protection Department that district collectors have been appointed at District Complaint Redressal Officers. Point of Sale (POS) machines are being provided to all 22 thousand government fair price shops in the state. From State Food Portal food.mp.gov.in, beneficiaries can know about eligibility of their families. The portal also gives information about departmental schemes implemented from time to time. Apni Suvida Apna Ration (ASAR) Yojana is being implemented in Bhopal, Indore and Khandwa cities where eligible families can lift their ration quota from a shop of their choice. This scheme will be implemented in other cities of the state as well in near future.