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Farmers’ Protest : NHRC In Action, Sends Notices To Centre, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh Governments

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National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notice to the central government, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh governments and other authorities asking for reports of farmers’ protest.

The NHRC said that it has received several complaints regarding the ongoing farmers’ protest.

In a statement issued on Monday, the NHRC said there are allegations of adverse impact on the industrial units, seriously affecting more than 9,000 micro, medium, and large companies.

Allegedly, transportation is also adversely impacted, causing the commuters, patients, physically challenged people and senior citizens to suffer due to the heavy congestion on roads.

‘There are also reports that people have to travel long distances to reach their destinations due to the ongoing farmers’ agitation and barricades have been put on the borders,’ the statement reads.

Accordingly, the Commission issued notices to the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, Government of NCT of Delhi, Director Generals of Police, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Commissioner of Police, Delhi calling upon them to submit their respective Action Taken Reports.

It further observed that there is an allegation that there is a breach of the coronavirus protocols by the agitating farmers at the protest site and the inhabitants are not being allowed to move out of their houses due to the blockade of the passage.

The Commission besides issuing notices to various states has taken various actions and requested the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) to examine the adverse impact of the farmers’ agitation on industrial and commercial activities/production and disruption of transport services on commercial and normal consumers including inconvenience and additional expenditure, etc. and to submit a comprehensive report in the matter by October 10, 2021.

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