NHRC seeks report on welfare schemes in KBK

Bhubaneswar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Orissa government to submit a detailed report on the status of different welfare schemes being implemented in poverty-stricken KBK region, official sources said on Thursday.

The report was sought by NHRC special rapporteur Laxmidhar Mishra who held discussions on implementation of different programmes in Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput(KBK) region with state government officials led by chief secretary B K Patnaik here yesterday.

Issues like implementation of Revised Long Term Action Plan (RLTAP),?steps to increase productivity in agriculture, promotion of livelihood related activities in animal husbandry, fishery, horticulture, health services and child care were discussed at the meeting.

The sources said the NHRC rapporteur stressed on reducing age limit of marriage of girls in KBK, where early marriage is a major cause of concern for the state government, steps to reduce rate of illiteracy and measures to check labour migration.

He also stressed on adult literacy, education of the children of migrating parents, nutrition, rehabilitation of rescued child labour and food security related programmes.