NHRC notices to MCD, DJB on safety guidelines

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notices to Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) seeking explanation on non-compliance of its guidelines on safety of workers.

The action came after the Commission took suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of an MCD sanitation worker Rampal (45) on August 8 in Rohini, while he was cleaning a sewer.

An NHRC spokesperson said the media reports suggested that Rampal and another worker Dharamvir entered a sewer to clean it, without any safety equipment.

"If true, the incident raises a serious issue of violation of human rights of the deceased because of non-observance of the safety guidelines framed by the Commission and circulated to the MCD long back," the Commission observed.

Issuing notices to the MCD Commissioner and DJB Chairman seeking reports within four weeks, the Commission asked them to inform it whether they had taken any action against the officials responsible for non-compliance with the safety guidelines.

It also asked the two bodies to inform the Commission whether any compensation, in addition to the benefits admissible under the service rules, is proposed to be given to the next of kin of the deceased.