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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The NHRC has issued notice to the union health ministry and the Delhi government over a 10-year-old boy losing his leg after he was denied timely treatment, an official said on Friday.

A shard of glass had pierced Bilal’s leg in an accident and the boy’s family took him to a local quack who stitched up the wound without removing the glass.

Days later, he was taken to Bara Hindu Rao hospital and the doctors there too failed to detect the piece of glass lodged inside the boy’s foot and it was only after three days that the glass was detected and removed. However, by then infection had set in.

“The boy was then transferred to Lok Nayak hospital, where he was initially refused admission but later kept for two days and then discharged and was referred to Gangaram hospital. His family members then took him to a hospital in Meerut where his foot was amputated in order to save his life,” the NHRC said in a statement.

The incident was an indicator of mismanaged health services in Delhi and carelessness of doctors in government hospitals, who do not examine the patients properly, the National Human Rights Commission said.

Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report on the incident, the NHRC issued notice to the secretary, union ministry of health and family welfare, the secretary, health department, Delhi government, the commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the secretary of Delhi Medical Council calling for a report within two weeks.

They have also been asked to specify steps taken for the identification of quacks practicing in Delhi, action taken against the erring doctors as well as details about the scheme framed for providing monetary relief to victims of medical negligence.

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After HC Quashed Its Notification, Delhi Government Seeks Legal Advice on Minimum Wages Verdict

Delhi Government seeks legal help after High Court quashed minimum wage verdict

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Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government
Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government.

The Delhi government on Sunday said it is seeking legal advice on the further course of action after the Delhi High Court quashed its notification on minimum wages.

Expressing his disappointment over the Court’s decision, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai said that the government is studying the verdict and “will arrive at a conclusion on how to ensure the implementation of revised higher minimum wages” for workers in all categories.

“I have convened a meeting of the Labour Department on Monday to decide the future course of action, including the next legal remedy available to the government,” Rai said.

AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict
AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict. 

The Delhi High Court on Saturday quashed two notifications, issued last year by the Delhi Government, relating to revision of minimum wages for all classes of workmen in all scheduled employments by calling it “completely flawed”.

“The constitution of the committee was completely flawed and its advice was not based on relevant material and suffers from non-application of mind,” the bench said while setting aside the Delhi government notification setting up the advisory panel on minimum wages.

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“The government’s decision based on such advice is in violation of the statutory provision, principles of natural justice, denies fair representation to the employers as well as the employees… in fact it is even without any effort to gather relevant material and information,” the bench had said. (IANS)