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.