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NHRC notice to Centre, C'garh over rise in arsenic cases

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The NHRC has sent a notice to the Centre and the government over reports that the number of people affected by and kidney diseases is increasing due to high level of and in in the state.

The Commission has issued notices to the chief secretary, of and the of the of and Sanitation, seeking detailed reports in four weeks, including on the steps taken or proposed to be taken to deal with the menace.

"The has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report that despite the joint efforts of the Centre and the government of Chhattisgarh, the number of patients suffering from and kidney diseases is increasing due to high level of and in in the state," the NHRC said in a statement today.

The total number of patients till August 2016 was 1,148, which has gone up to 1,170 now. The villages, adjacent to the industrial areas, have been reported to be worst affected. These include, among others, areas in Bastar, Raigarh, Bemetara districts, the rights panel said.

"Reportedly, according to the data released by the government, 55 people have died in Supebeda of district. However, villagers claim that 103 deaths have happened due to the diseases caused by drinking contaminated water. About 225 people are suffering from kidney diseases," it said.

The Commission has also observed that the contents of the report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights, as drinking water is essential to realisation of all basic human rights, including the right to life with dignity.

"This is the prime duty of the state to ensure safe drinking water to its citizens. Earlier too, the Commission expressed its concern over similar reports of high level of and in drinking water in various parts of country," the NHRC said.

According to the report carried today, about one-and-a-half year ago, the central government had issued data relating to areas affected with arsenic and fluoride.

"At that time, the maximum affected areas were found in the state of Apart from Chhattisgarh, the states of Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Punjab, Odisha, and Telangana are also suffering from the same health hazard," the statement said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 20:50 IST
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