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The NHRC has issued notices to the Centre, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh governments and other authorities seeking submission of reports of the ongoing farmers’ agitation against the new farm laws.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued the notices to the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Director Generals of Police of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Commissioner of Police, Delhi asking them to submit their Action Taken Reports.

The NHRC has directed the National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health and the Government of India to submit the reports with respect to the adverse impact of farmers agitation on various aspects and observance of Covid protocols at the protest sites.

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“The commission has received several complaints regarding the ongoing farmers protest. There are allegations of adverse impact on the industrial units, seriously affecting more than 9000 micro, medium, and large companies,” the NHRC said in its notice to the Centre and the states.

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“Allegedly, transportation is also adversely impacted, causing the commuters, patients, physically challenged people and senior citizens to suffer due to the heavy congestion on roads,” the notice said.

“There are also reports that people could not travel long distances to reach their destinations due to the ongoing farmers agitation and barricades have been put up on the borders,” the NHRC further said in the order.

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Besides, the NHRC has asked the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) to examine the adverse impact of the farmers agitation on industrial and commercial activities/production and disruption of transport services on commercial and normal consumers including inconvenience and additional expenditure, etc.

The NHRC has asked IEG to submit a comprehensive report on the matter by October 10, 2021.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission issued a fresh reminder in the case of alleged gangrape of human rights activist at the protest site and asked to file the report by October 10 as no report was received from Jhajjar District Magistrate.

The NHRC requested the Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi, to depute teams to conduct a survey and submit the report assessing the disruption of livelihood, lives of people, impact on the aged and infirm persons due to the protracted agitation by farmers.

The Commission said there has been an allegation of breach of Covid protocols by the agitating farmers at the protest sites.

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