The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked Odisha’s chief secretary to present a detailed report within three months on the alleged denial of security rights to about 2,000 families in the Koraput and Keonjhar districts.
The Supreme Human Rights Panel had previously settled as many as 1,902 cases of denial of social security rights.
Earlier on November 25 last year, rights activist and Supreme Court Advocate Radhakanta Tripathy had filed 2,621 petitions with the National Human Rights Commission to address ordinary men’s complaints about the inaccessibility of social welfare schemes and basic facilities in the Koraput and Keonjhar districts of Odisha.
The implementation of the social welfare schemes is a precondition for the promotion and protection of the human rights of the common man in the country. Any delay or failure to implement results in a violation of the human rights of the applicants.
Of the 1902 cases processed, 1,451 cases concerned the Koraput district.
‘The common people approached me to take up their cases at no cost. These poor people live in remote areas and are deprived of welfare schemes and corrections of registrations of rights by the tax authorities of Koraput district. In the Keonjhar district, the displaced have not yet been fully rehabilitated, ”said petitioner Tripathy.
Koraput is the worst affected district due to displacement of people after independence. Although several projects have been completed, basic facilities avoid the people affected.
People in the mineral-rich Keonjhar district are still languishing in poverty despite the district paying the highest royalty on mines. The district’s mineral funds are either underutilized or used for purposes not intended for the upliftment of mine-affected people.