IX. RELIEF AND REHABILITATION
Living conditions of the Refugees
(Food Commissionerís Report to the Supreme Court, 2007):
A report on the pitiable
living conditions of Gujaratís refugees was submitted to the Supreme Court
by Supreme Court Commissioner, NC Sexena, in the PUCLís Right to Food
petition. The highlights and appalling facts of the Report are as under:
It was established prima facie
that the directions of the honourable Supreme Court with regard to food
and employment schemes were being violated.
In the 81 relief camps:
4,545 families comprising around 30,000 persons still living in very
The study found that
none of the colonies had been set up or assisted by the state government.
Only five of the 81
colonies had government or government recognised schools and only four
served midday meals to the children.
Only five had ICDS
centres, of which four served supplementary nutrition to the children, and
one to nursing and expectant mothers.
Only three had PDS
shops and only 725 out of 4,545 families were recognised as BPL although
their intense poverty as internally displaced persons facing economic
boycott was acute.
People who had APL
cards are reluctant to apply for a transfer of the card because they fear
that this may be cancelled.
The Commissioner proposed a
number of steps that had to be undertaken immediately to ensure state
accountability for the food and livelihood rights of its citizens who
remain internally displaced nearly five years after the 2002 incidents.
(Reference: ďHungry heartĒ
Communalism Combat: July 2007; PART II)
See Link to Full Text of Food Commissionerís Report to the SC