NHRC asks J`khand to compensate 20 students for food poisoning
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 23:15
New Delhi: The NHRC has directed the Jharkhand government to pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 each to 20 students of a residential government school in Ranchi district who had fallen sick due to food poisoning in 2008.

The Commission has directed the chief secretary of the state to pay the monetary relief to the 20 children and submit a compliance report along with a proof of payment within six weeks from the date of the receipt of its recommendation.

Five hostellers of the Government Scheduled Tribes Residential High School in Bedo block of Ranchi district had died and a number of others fell sick due to food poisoning.

The principal and the superintendent of the hostel along with two cooks were found negligent in the matter, and they were suspended by the state government.

The Commission recommended payment of monetary relief to the 20 children even as Jharkhand government submitted that it will not pay any compensation to the students as it had facilitated their treatment at Apollo Hospital in Ranchi and bore all the expenses.

The NHRC observed that the affected students had to undergo physical and mental torture due to food poisoning which occurred due to negligence of the school officials,

"Hence, the expenses incurred by the government on the treatment of these students cannot replace the compensation to which these students are entitled to for violation of their human rights," it said in a statement.

The Commission took cognisance of the case on the basis of a complaint filed by one R H Bansal on January 16, 2009.

The state government said that a compensation of Rs five lakh each had been paid to the next of kin of the five deceased students, the Commission noted.


First Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 23:15

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