NEW DELHI: A petition seeking the intervention of the NHRC to take permanent preventive steps to control malaria in the tribal districts of Madhya Pradesh has been filed with the apex rights body.
Senior Supreme Court counsel and rights activist Radhakanta Tripathy, who approached the NHRC, also requested it to direct the state government to pay compensation to the family members of those who died from malaria in Sidhi, Shivpuri, Guna and other districts of the state.
He alleged that owing to government apathy, poor tribals were dying of malaria. Meanwhile, MP’s Public Health and Family Welfare Department had responded to the directives issued by the NHRC in a letter sent by it in February. In response to the directions issued by the NHRC, a letter dated February 8, 2012 has been received from the Addl. Secretary, Government of MP, Public Health and Family Welfare Department, Bhopal along with the detailed report received from the Director, Health Services.