Bhubaneswar, October 5 (LocalWire): National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a report from the state government on the growing malnutrition among the children of Juang tribe, a primitive tribal group, at Nagada village in Jaipur district.
The NHRC has directed the Odisha chief secretary to submit within four weeks a detailed Action Taken Report (ATR) on the initiatives it has taken to stop the growing maturation among children of Juang.
The decision was taken by the rights’ body in response to a petition filed by a Human Rights Activist.
The petitioner Akhand had contended that after the death of 19 children in the age group of three to four years in Nagada in July 2016, the state government had undertaken a number of measures to bring down malnutrition and development of the village.
However, the petition highlighted that nothing has changed in the village even after four years as the children are still malnourished and the tribals are impoverished.
“Only rice and dal or rice and salt constitute their staple food till today despite huge intervention and investment by the government,” the petition stated.
“Half-hazard development work without community mobilisation and understanding of their problem can never yield good results.
Though the state government in the last three years has sanctioned Rs 88 lakh under NREGA in order to provide employment to the people, only Rs 4 lakh has been spent to date.
Had this amount been spent by providing work to the poor tribals, it might have strengthened their food security and ensured livelihood,” the petition said.
Akhand also asked the commission to Issue notice to the state government to review all the projects undertaken in Nagada in terms of its avowed objective and its achievement, failure, and success and submit action taken report to NHRC.
It also requested the NHRC to direct the state government to supply rice, arhar dal, oil, potato, onion, and eggs to each family at a highly subsidised price, continue NREGA scheme in the village throughout the year, and step up awareness campaign to mobilise the tribals to stop drinking liquor.
“It will be a great help to them. All the welfare projects should be monitored by a special team from Bhubaneswar every 15 days and submit the report to the concerned authorities for action,” the petition stated.