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Rights official on district recce

Implementation of different centrally sponsored welfare schemes in the district and condition of Ghaghidih Central Jail came under scrutiny during the visit of S.Jalaja, special rapporteur of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on Thursday.

Having visited Chaibasa divisional jail on Wednesday, the 1974-batch IAS officer reached Jamshedpur on Thursday morning and headed to Ghaghidih Central Jail. During a two-hour visit, Jalaja inspected the kitchen and asked prisoners about food quality and living conditions.

Later, she also met jailer Satyendra Choudhary and discussed reform initiatives and vocational training in the prison.

Jalaja, however, remained tight-lipped on her observations. I have been assigned to assess, monitor and advise on human rights issues in the state. I visited Chaibasa and Khunti before coming to Jamshedpur and will meet the chief secretary in Ranchi on Friday, before leaving for Delhi. I will submit a confidential report on my findings to the NHRC chairperson, she said.

Later in the day, Jalaja visited Juri panchayat in Potka block and interacted with village heads about implementation of MGNREGS work.

Then she went to the local community health centre and anganwadi centre to take stock of welfare schemes like National Rural Health Mission and Integrated Child Development Services.

Jalaja concluded her visit with an inspection of Dakshin Tola Balika Madhya Vidyalaya in Potka block where she assessed the implementation of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.

She also held a brief meeting with East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal and East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police Richard Lakra.

City-based human right activist Jawaharlal Sharma submitted a petition to Jalaja regarding violation of human rights in the district.

Sharma drew her attention to negligence on part of district police in not displaying police-citizen charter, women atrocities Act and Harijan atrocities Act at police stations. He also demanded shifting of the district probation office from Ghaghidih central jail to somewhere in the city to provide better accessibility for undertrial on bail to seek benefit of probation.