Human rights guaranteed at birthplace of freedom fighter Laxman Naik: Koraput administration informs NHRC

June 13, 2021 11:25 AM STI

New Delhi [India]June 13 (ANI): The Odisha district administration in Koraput on Sunday informed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that appropriate measures had been taken to guarantee basic human rights to the people of the birthplace of freedom fighter Laxman Naik, Tentuligumma, in Koraput.
Naik was killed by the British during the freedom fight.
The collector responded in detail about development work in the area, after the NHRC warned the chief secretary of enforcement action.
District officials filed the report before the NHRC came in response to an Action Taken Report (ATR) on a petition filed by Radhakanta Tripathy, human rights activist and Supreme Court attorney.
Located at a distance of 120 km from Koraput and 70 km from the town of Malkangiri, the village is nearly 40 km from the headquarters of Boipariguda. The nearest health center that people depend on is 25 kilometers away in Mathili, Tripathy said.
“The state of the village that the ambulance never reaches in an emergency. Pregnant women are forced to suffer or give birth without medical assistance. Children are deprived of education while the elderly live in poverty. The condition of people with disabilities is unbearable, ”Tripathie stressed.
Although he was a freedom fighter, his place of origin, Tentuligumma, lacks basic amenities such as all-weather roads, clean water, health care and education, a- he declared.

State authorities have filed a report indicating that action is underway for the development of the area.
In response to the Commission’s instruction, Tripathy in his reply recounted the prolonged ordeal of the local villagers and called on the NHRC to order the state to guarantee a road for the inhabitants of Tentuligumma and a bridge over the Kolab river. with a safe and secure atmosphere for the inhabitants.
Tripathy also claimed that there was no road between Dandabadi and Tentuligumma. Tripathy, who drew the attention of the Commission for Bridges over the Sileru and Saberi Rivers in the neighboring region, said the government was busy making promises not to keep it.
In accordance with the direction of the Commission, the DM and the collector, Koraput, Odisha, submitted a report on March 18, 2021, accompanied by the contribution of the Executive Engineer (R & B) division.
He said the length from Dandabadi to Tentuligumma is ten kilometers. The 7 km stretch of road from Dandabadi to Dumripadar has been taken over by the Works Department.
The bridge over the Sabari River 6.3 km from Dandabadi has been taken over by the Department of Rural Development and works are now underway. A bridge raised approximately 276 meters and approached from Highway 500 over the Sabari River at the 5th kilometer on the Podapadar-Tentuligumma PMGSY road under Biju Setu Yojana is under construction by the Rural Works Division, Koraput.
The remaining unconnected road under the reserve forest and Ghat area is not included in said bridge approach which is being carried out by the Koraput Rural Works Division, the NHRC informed.
Government inaction, apathy and failure continued in the KBK region (Kalahandi undivided, Bolangir and Koraput), as until today, even after seventy-three years of independence from the India, said Tripathy. (ANI)

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