Visakhapatnam

Konathala petitions State HRC

Konathala Ramakrishna

Konathala Ramakrishna   | Photo Credit: C.V.Subrahmanyam

‘Constitute fact-finding team to assess health situation in Agency areas’

Former Minister Konathala Ramakrishna has petitioned the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) taking to its notice the health issues and death of tribal people in the Agency areas and seeking a fact-finding committee to the affected areas.

Mr. Ramakrishna, who submitted a petition to the SHRC on Wednesday in Hyderabad, said it issued a notice to the State government and posted it for hearing on July 13. The fact-finding committee should be constituted with human rights activists and NGOs, as Medical and Health, Revenue, and Police departments were deliberately suppressing facts pertaining to malaria deaths, he said in his petition.

The former Minister also urged the SHRC to direct the Chief Secretary and the Director, Medical and Health, to visit the tribal areas and conduct a review meeting with district Collectors and officials concerned.

Mr. Ramakrishna also sought directions to the DGP to book cases against officials responsible for continued malarial deaths. He also sought a direction to the government to take up special recruitment drive to fill all vacancies.

Balaraju’s plea

Meanwhile, former Tribal Welfare Minister and Congress leader P. Balaraju asked the State government to declare medical emergency in the Agency area. He said the situation was alarming and the Governor should ask the Centre to deputy special teams to assess situation.

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