The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent notices to the Centre and the state governments of Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, along with their police chiefs seeking responses on the “adverse impact” of the farmers’ protests on the micro, medium and industrial units.
The notice also sought action over the complaints by the industry and the breached COVID-19 protocols at the protest sites in the states.
Stating that transportation is facing issues due to the agitation which has gone on for 11 months in the states, “transportation is also adversely impacted, causing the commuters, patients, people with disability and senior citizens to suffer due to the heavy congestion on roads occupied by the protesting farmers”.
“There are also reports that people have to travel long distances to reach their destinations due to the ongoing agitation, and barricades have been put on the state borders,” it further said on the issue.
The human rights body issued a separate notice to the Jhajjar District Magistrate in connection to the alleged October 10 gang rape case at Tikri.
The commission said, “no report has been received from the DM regarding payment of compensation to the kin of the deceased”, which took place at the protest site in Tikri.
“The NHRC has received several complaints regarding the ongoing farmers’ protest. There are allegations of adverse impact on the industrial units, seriously affecting more than 9,000 micro, medium and large companies,” the notice said.
“The National Disaster Management Authority, ministry of home affairs and ministry of health, Government of India, have been asked to submit reports concerning the adverse impact of farmers’ agitation on various aspects and observance of COVID-19 protocols at the protest sites,” it added.
The Delhi School of Social Work under the University of Delhi has also been asked to submit a report by surveying with the help of teams. The survey should assess the livelihoods disrupted, impact on the aged and infirm persons due to the farmers’ agitation, and the impact on lives in general.
Speaking on the COVID-19 protocols’ violations, the panel body said “there is a further allegation that the inhabitants are not being allowed to move out of their houses due to blockage of the passage”.
It has additionally asked the Institute of Economic Growth to assess the “adverse impact” of the agitation on the lives of those living there.
Since November 25 last year, the farmers have started agitation across multiple states, mainly in Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh demanding the Centre to roll back the three farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.