SHRC raps JK House authorities over poor facilities

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Dec 7: State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) today took a dig at authorities of Jammu and Kashmir House in New Delhi over miserable condition of accommodation meant for seriously ill patients and their attendants from this State.
SHRC chairman, Justice Bilal Nazki, said during his recent visit to Delhi, he had an occasion to stay at JK House at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi and some people contacted him as they had been told that he was heading the J&K Human Rights Commission.
“These people had lot of complaints about the facilities provided to them at the JK House Chanakyapuri New Delhi particularly in Block-C which is meant for stay of persons who come to Delhi for seeing treatment of ailments. I was told that Block-C had been built just to provide accommodation to sick and ailing persons along with their attendants. I was told that there are insects/bed bugs in scores in each mattress used by these patients,” Justice Nazki said.
In a shocking revelation, the SHRC chairman said revealed that the patients undergoing treatment for serious ailments have bug bites and their bodies were almost bleeding. “I telephoned the authorities of Kashmir House and was told that one Kaneez Fatima who is an Accounts Officer is the Incharge Manager. I told her to come before a particular time as I wanted to inspect Block-C in her presence but she did not come.
“When I was leaving the Block the concerned officer came and I had conversation with her. She accepted that bed bugs are a problem but surprisingly she defended the authorities on ground that various measures have been undertaken but the problem couldn’t be solved,” he said.
In these circumstances, the SHRC chairman has requested Commission member, Jung Bahadur Singh Jamwal to visit Delhi and have a thorough inspection in presence of the authorities of the JK House and give a final report to the Commission. “The JK House authorities be notified of this order and they be asked to provide all facilities to the Member of the Commission during his visit,” Justice Nazki said in his order.
Meanwhile, the SHRC today while taking suo-moto cognizance of a newspaper report on recent civilian killings in Valley has directed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to send a report within two weeks.
The SHRC chairman, Justice Bill Nazki, took the suo-moto cognizance of a report published in a newspaper regarding the incomplete probe into dozens of civilian killings that occurred in Valley during months-long violence after killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani on July 8 this year.
“…The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir is directed to send a report in the instant case within two weeks before the Commission,” said Justice Nazki in a order here.


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