Bhubaneswar, Oct 1 (LocalWire): The National Human Rights Commission has issued conditional summon to Odisha Chief Secretary to appear in person for contemptuous disregard by not complying the action taken report on the plight of a labourer injured during government civil construction work.
Taking strong exception to the government’s stand in non-compliance of ATR for more than one-and-a-half-years, NHRC directed the chief secretary to appear before the panel on 22 November with the detailed report.
A dailywager Pramod Kumar Paltasingh had sustained 50% burns while he was engaged in the construction of Rajiv Gandhi Seva Kendra in Sujanpur village under Delag block of Puri district on 7 March, 2014.
Pantasing had come in contact with a live wire at the construction site and was rendered unfit to work for the rest of his life, the petition moved by Rights activist Akhand contended.
The state-run power supplying firm Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha, which was also served a notice had earlier informed the Rights panel that it had nothing to do with the mishap as the block authorities had not informed it prior to the construction to shift the overhead line.
Acting on the petition, the NHRC had earlier recommended that the government pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs to the victim.
The Rights panel had issued notices to the government on four occasions in the past eighteen months which the government ignored.