Officials reprimanded for lapses in tsunami rehabilitation

GRIEVANCES GALORE: Nirmala Venkatesh, Member, National Commission for Women, receives representations from tsunami-affected women, in Chennai on Thursday. Photo: S. Thanthoni  

Staff Reporter

National Commission for Women seeks status report on its recommendations

CHENNAI: Nirmala Venkatesh, Member of the National Commission for Women (NCW), on Thursday reprimanded State authorities for lapses in tsunami rehabilitation and urged them to present a status report on the NCW recommendations made in 2005, after conducting a public hearing of the affected persons.

A meeting to review progress of the recommendations was held here on Thursday. Ms. Venkatesh, K.M. Ramathal, chairperson, Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women, and Justice J. Kanagaraj were among those present.

The recommendations included identifying women involved in fishing-related activities, immediate provision for providing permanent housing in the same localities, desilting of river mouths, compensation to the injured, halting of illegal prawn farming and assistance to river-fishing communities affected by tsunami.

Grievances aired

Women from various coastal villages across the State presented their grievances on Thursday, as they had done at the public hearing in October 2005.

Ms. Venkatesh urged Government officials, including Tsunami Special Officer C.V. Shankar, Chennai Collector R. Jaya, Thiruvallur Collector Ranvir Prasad and Slum Clearance Board officials to immediately attend to cases presented at the hearings.

She sought a status report on the closure of illegal prawn farms in keeping with a Supreme Court order, besides reports on planned evictions, rehabilitation and consultations with women depending on the sea for their livelihood.