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    Assam Human Rights Commission orders probe into the status of victims of Baghjan tragedy

    The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights too expressed concern over the care and safety of the children taking shelter in relief camps

    Guwahati: The Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has issued notice to the Commissioner, Upper Assam Division, Jorhat to cause an inquiry into the status of those people currently taking shelter in some 12 relief camps following the Baghjan well fire incident.

    The Commission had received a complaint from one Hurojit Moran alleging that inmates in the relief camps have been struggling with drinking water, medical treatment for pregnant women as well as COVID 19 hygiene protocols like social distancing.

    The right body in an official statement said, “As reported, the condition of the relief camps is pathetic and pitiable. There is also a lack of food and drinking water facility, etc.”

    The commission ordered the top official to furnish a detailed report on the situation of the inmates of the relief camps within two months.

    The AHRC also asked the Commissioner to highlight the steps taken by the district administration of Tinsukia district with the help of Oil India Limited to provide essential commodities including drinking water, health care facilities, etc. to the people of nearby villages sheltered in camps.

    Additionally, the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) has also expressed serious concern over the care and safety of the children, adolescents, mothers and pregnant women taking shelter at various relief camps.

     In a letter to the CMD of Oil India Limited, Sushil Kumar Mishra on June 12, ASCPCR chairperson Sunita Changkakoti urged Mishar’s immediate intervention to ensure care and safety of pregnant women and children living in the relief camps.

    ASCPCR has also urged the OIL authority to provide adequate care, nutritional food and medical support for the pregnant women, provide sanitary napkins and toiletries to the adolescent girls living in the camps and adequate medicine and baby food for babies living in the camps.

    Through an official statement from OIL, it has mentioned that Shri Biswajit Roy, Director (HR&BD), OIL along with Shri PrasantaBorkakoty, ED (HR&A), OIL and Shri Ashok Das, ED(HR&BD), Corporate Office, OIL interacted with the patients from Baghjan relief camps who were admitted in OIL hospital at Duliajan for availing treatment for routine ailments including pregnant cases.

    At least 11 patients were admitted out of whom three were discharged, the statement said. 

    As part of the health awareness program, the Anganwadi workers and helpers organized exercise and yoga sessions for the children in relief camps at Baghjan.

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