Moreh denizens suffering from Govt apathy: Mani

IMPHAL, 16th Mar: While contending that many families settling in and around Moreh sub-division are yet to avail benefits of social security schemes and proper access to healthcare services, Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) acting chairman Khaidem Mani affirmed that the commission will notify the government of Manipur to do the needful for addressing the citizens’ grievances.
Briefing media persons at his Lamphel Family Court complex office on Saturday with regard to the commission team’s recent visit to the border town, Mani expressed concern that HIV positive children are yet to receive any governmental support while many families are not aware about schemes, policies and people-oriented services launched by the state government. It was heartening to learn during interactions with the denizens that many differently abled and aged persons had no information or knowledge on how and who to approach for availing benefits of schemes especially launched for underprivileged section of the society, the acting chairman said. While stating that the commission will present a detailed report on the team’s findings during the three-day visit to Moreh along with recommendation to address the people’s grievances, Mani asserted that MHRC will diligently discharge its duties as mandated under Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.
Upon getting inputs about suffering of the Moreh denizens and those settling in remote corners along the Indo-Myanmar boundary, MHRC conducted a mobile sitting/open hearing and an awareness programme on human rights issues in collaboration with United NGO Mission Manipur, he recounted, while adding that the events were attended by over 100 people including community leaders, women and students’ activists.
The Commission has taken cognizance of 23 cases including issues related to Rights of Disabilities, lack of safe drinking water, dilapidated condition of roads, deprivation of rights of widows and aged persons, poor educational and healthcare facilities, lack of adequate doctors and support staff of Moreh Hospital, etc., he said.
Further informing that commission team interacted with police officers and personnel at Moreh police station, Mani described as shocking to learn that each personnel is provided only a meagre amount of Rs 1000 as monthly ration money. With regard to the team’s inspection at Moreh Hospital, he informed that some doctors and nurses revealed about manpower shortage and lack of accommodation facility for doctors and support staff.
Of the six quarters constructed for the hospital personnel most of them were found to be bereft of basic facilities, including wash room, he said and stressed that special arrangement should be made for those support staff who could not be accommodated in the existing quarters. The hospital has sanctioned strength of 100 doctors and support staff, he maintained.
The Commission team also detoured to Holenphai village wherein it came to light that the government’s plan to set up a police outpost is yet to be implemented, Mani said, adding that the Commission will recommend for expediting all process to establish the said outpost.

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