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740 Tribal Students Dead, National Human Rights Commission sends notice to Maharashtra Government

The issue came to the fore after the death of a 12-year-old tribal girl in Palghar district on October 7 due to fever and complications related to malnutrition

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October 18, 2016: Taking serious cognizance of the deaths of 740 tribal students in residential schools in 10 years, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanded an explanation on the issue from the Maharashtra government here on Tuesday.

The issue came to the fore after the death of a 12-year-old tribal girl in Palghar district on October 7 due to fever and complications related to malnutrition.

Later, another 10 students of a school in the district were admitted to hospitals for malnutrition-related health problems, most of them belonging to very poor tribal families.

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Noting that “the schools lack health services and basic amenities,” the NHRC said as per norms the students should be screened at least twice a year but government agencies are not following it (the norms).

“The school authorities, as their lawful guardians, are responsible for their welfare, safety and health care needs. The negligence on the part of the Department of Tribal Development and the school authorities is a violation of Right to Life, Dignity and Equality of the students,” the NHRC said in its notice to the state Chief Secretary.

Maharashtra has around 552 residential schools for tribal students run by the Tribal Development Department.

Several posts in these schools are lying vacant and budgetary provisions are not being utilised, as a result of which many students have died due to dengue, malaria, food poisoning, drowning, snake bites and suicides in the past.

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Incidentally, mid-September, Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao had directed three cabinet ministers — Pankaja Munde, Vishnu Savra and Deepak Sawant — to visit the affected tribal areas of Palghar and other parts of the state.

He had asked them to initiate urgent remedial measures to tackle the problems of malnutrition and other health issues in these tribal areas.

Later, Tribal Development Minister Vishnu Savra faced the ire of the tribals when he visited one of the worst-hit hamlets in Jawahar sub-district.

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When the angry locals informed him that over 600 children have died and what has he done for them, Savra had retorted: “So what? The government is doing its work, implementing schemes.”

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Furious with his reply, the villagers asked him to ‘get out’ after which Savra said that if he was not required, he would not come there. (IANS)

  • Ruchika Kumari

    They also need proper medical treatments. Governments should take proper steps for there betterment.

  • Diksha Arya

    The tribal people need immediate medical attention… people like Savra are so insensitive…

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John Abraham Describes Maharashtra Government “Ridiculous” for Cutting Trees for Metro Rail

"It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail," he added

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"It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail," he added. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actor John Abraham described as “ridiculous” the Maharashtra government’s decision to cut down 33 hectares of green carpet for the development of the Metro 3 car shed in Mumbai. John was expressing his concern over the water crisis when he made the comment, during the trailer launch of his upcoming film “Batla House” here on Wednesday.

“In this situation, when Maharashtra Government has decided to cut down 33 hectares of greenery at Arey Milk Colony, it makes me wonder if we are heading towards the right direction. I am opposed to the coastal road and 33 hectares of land being cut!”

“It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail,” he added. Present with John were his co-stars Mrunal Thakur and Nora Fatehi, along with director Nikkhil Advani and producer Bhushan Kumar among others.

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“The rivers are going to dry up in 30 years if the rain is not happening properly and water crisis will only increase. So it is a serious problem”, says John Abraham. Wikimedia Commons

The BMC and MMRC have already received around 82,000 objection letters from the affected community and environment conservatives. Bollywood celebrities like Randeep Hooda, Dia Mirza, Adil Hussain, Ashok Pandit, Pooja Bedi among others have already lent their voice to support the cause of saving the greenery. John was asked about the present situation of the water crisis in Maharashtra and also the water-logging condition in the city due to the rain.

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Addressing the issue the actor said, “we are not doing good water harvesting in the city and that is surely creating the water crisis. If we can harvest water rightly, the city and the country can have enough water. When the rain does not happen at the right time, we get worried and then when it rains in the city (Mumbai), it is flooded which obviously we do not like.”

“The rivers are going to dry up in 30 years if the rain is not happening properly and water crisis will only increase. So it is a serious problem.” “Batla House” is slated to release on August 15. (IANS)