Death of infants: NHRC issues show-cause notice to J&K govt | India News

JAMMU: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued a show-cause notice to the Jammu and Kashmir government for not releasing compensation to families of 11 children who had died due to consumption of spurious medicines in Udhampur district between December 2019 and January 2020.
The notice has been issued to the J&K chief secretary directing him to reply within four weeks as to why the commission should not recommend payment of a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased.
“NHRC has also sought an action-taken report against the ‘delinquent officials’, on account of whose negligence the incident occurred,” said Jammu-based social activist Sukesh C Khajuria, who had moved the petition before NHRC. In his petition, Khajuria had sought the NHRC’s intervention for action against the negligent government officials and compensation to the aggrieved families.
Following a report submitted by J&K government on July 1, NHRC had found that there was a procedural lapse on the part of the drug department, wherein the authority had failed to keep a regular vigil on the contamination and contents of medicines sold within its jurisdiction.

[Source :Times of India]


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