SHRC chief to assess progress of Kochi cancer centre on July 11

Justice J B Koshy, chairman of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), will visit the site of the Kochi Cancer Centre project.

Published: 29th May 2016 02:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th May 2016 02:46 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: Justice J B Koshy, chairman of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), will visit the site of the Kochi Cancer Centre project, in view of the many complaints about the slow pace of work.

At a sitting held at the Collectorate here on Friday, it was decided that Justice Joshy would visit the Cancer Centre at 10 am on July 11. The decision was taken following a request by the Justice V R Krishna Iyer Movement, which spearheaded a campaign for setting up the institution.

Justice Koshy said that the Chief Minister and the officials concerned should be intimated about his visit. He said he hoped that the new government would change the perception that cancer centre is needed only in the State capital.

Justice Koshy, meanwhile, came down heavily on the officials concerned, including nodal officer Asha Thomas, for not attending Friday’s sitting, and asked ‘why the post even exists if she does not turn up for important meetings.

He demanded that all the main officials related to the Cancer Centre project be present during his visit. The Justice V R Krishna Iyer Movement had filed a complaint before the SHRC that the lackadaisical attitude of the government and the officials concerned was an ‘organised violation of human rights.’


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