New Delhi: The nomination of rights
activist Binayak Sen as a member of the Planning Commission`s
Steering Committee on Health has not gone down well with the
Chhattisgarh government, which on Sunday announced its ministers
would "skip" all meetings of the panel to protest the move.
"Chief Minister Raman Singh and his cabinet colleagues
have decided to skip all meetings of the Planning Commission
over the nomination of convicted Binayak Sen as a member of
the plan panel committee on health," a terse statement of the
Chhattisgarh government said.
Sen was recently granted bail by the Supreme Court which
observed that no case of sedition was made out against the
activist, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a
Chhattisgarh court for alleged links with Naxals.
The Steering Committee on Health will review the
National Health Policy, 2002, and explore the possibility of
adopting the Right to Health as an approach with special focus
on women, children, life-cycle care and preventive and
curative health care.