Develop new localities with amenities like sanitation and water for the community.
Though the minister's statement could be considered as an icebreaker, for all practical purposes, it can only be viewed as a belated attempt to accept the fact, but to consciously deny responsibility. This is evident from the farcical explanation offered by the minister for the high infant mortality rate in the state. The minister's attempt is to put the blame upon the mothers for their children's poor health and eventual death.
The minister attributed child malnourishment to: 1. early marriage of girls; 2. pregnancy immediately after marriage; 3. newly born children being underweight; 4. want of complete vaccination; 5. mothers not providing breast-feeding to children up to six months; 6. not providing supplementary food to children in time; and 7. infections and poor economic conditions. The minister however did not explain the source of this information and what is the scientific basis for this opinion.
The government's lack of seriousness on the issue is highlighted in the minister's approach in dealing with the situation by merely deciding to open 25 additional nutritional rehabilitation centres adding to the existing 200 centres.
Over the years, government and non-government studies have shown that the infant mortality rate in Madhya Pradesh is much higher than what has been admitted by the government. For instance the central government sponsored National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3) has repeatedly held that an estimated 60 percent of the state's children are malnourished. The state administration however has been denying this data over the past several years. The NFHS-3 is conducted by the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) in association with number of grass-roots level organisations since 1992 on assignment from the Government of
In this context it is not surprising that out of the eight causes narrated by the minister that results in child malnutrition and infant deaths, four (1, 2, 5, and 6), places the blame upon the mother. By this exercise the Minister's attempt is to avoid discussions on the root causes of child malnutrition and infant mortality that will invariably place the state administration in the dock.
In addition, the state administration does not have any form of credible data to deal with the problem. Different state entities have inconsistent and mutually contradicting data concerning infant mortality and malnutrition.
For instance according to the Health Department there is no infant deaths reported in Dhar (from April 2005 to September 2008) and Chindwara districts (from April 2006 to September 2008). Whereas the Monthly Progress Report of the Department of Women and Child Development claims that 560 infants died in both these districts between November 2007 and May 2008.
For last four years, Satna, Chhatarpur, Balaghat, Shivpuri, Guna, Rewa, Shahdol and Sidhi districts are reportedly highly affected by food and health insecurity, that has resulted in child malnutrition and mortality. Among them, the child malnutrition and deprivation of right to food in Rewa and Sidhi districts have been reported by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). For further details on these cases please see: HAC-003-2010 for Jhabua district; HAU-007-2009 and HAC-007-2009 for Rewa district; HAC-009-2009 for Sidhi district; and HAC-003-2009 for Khandwa district.
As each case proves, the families of the malnourished children are mostly landless tribal living in rural areas. They do not have regular source of income to feed their children. In addition, the NFHS-3 survey found that of 57.7 percent of women in the state were anaemic. It is shame that the minister however would still hold the undernourished parents responsible for their child's death. It appears that the Minister expects that the landless parents deprived of any stable source of income to provide their children with supplementary food. The commonsense that the malnutrition of the parents hampers their ability to guarantee their children’s food security apparently is lacking with the Minister and the department that he leads spending tax payers' money.
Most of the malnourished children reported by the AHRC were not registered at the Anganwadi Centre (AWC, child care centre). This means that those children are not officially recognised as undernourished by any of the government agencies.
The mothers have not received proper information and lacks knowledge about the specific nutritional needs of their children. This is a legally binding international human rights law obligation upon the government under Article 11 (2) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ICESCR) and the Article 24 (2) e. of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
A 2009 report titled "Moribund ICDS" on Madhya Pradesh states that 89 percent of the AWCs surveyed for the report did not possess any medicine kit and were therefore unable to provide medical relief to the children. As a result, the NHFS-3 found that only 31.5 percent of the children from 0 to 71 months in Madhya Pradesh have received health check-up in an AWC and only 37.8 percent of them had received immunisation.
While the government makes an excuse on the lack of resources such as budget or manpower, the proportion of budgetary allocation to health out of the total state expenditure has been decreasing every year since 2000, dropping from 5.1 percent to 3.9 percent in the past year. It is a sad irony that while the country projects itself as to becoming a developed nation within the next few years through dramatic economic growth, its proportion of budgetary allocation for the citizens' health is far less than any developed country.
The case of Sidhi district specifically reflects that the budget for health service accounts for merely 2.4 percent out of total state budget. While the child malnutrition has been increasing for last five years, not a single Public Health Centre has been built in the district during this period. 1,659 out of 4,708 posts of medical officers are left vacant and 1,098 posts of Auxiliary Nursing Mothers are yet to be filled.
Similar anomalies exist in other government programmes. For the Reproductive and Child Health Programme that aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality, the government made a budgetary provision of INR 650 millions (USD 14 millions) between 2005 and 2010. Only INR 379.6 millions (USD 8.2 millions) have been spent from this budget so far. The unspent money had to be thus returned at the project period.
The problems underlying child nutrition are so numerous and complex that the government's response should not limit its scope to any single aspect of the issue. The opening of 25 Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres may provide short-term relief to local undernourished children but will not address the root causes of the problem.
Most of the children whose right of food is violated belong to landless families, who are deprived of any regular source of income. In many cases, parents work as migrant workers and earn extremely low wages insufficient to feed the family. Therefore, the government must take broader measures to introduce land reforms in Madhya Pradesh and promote developmental projects favouring local employment opportunities notably through investment in local agricultural infrastructures. Feudalism, a wealth source for most politicians in the state must end.
Addressing the problem of child malnutrition would therefore require strong coordinated policies between the concerned ministries such as the Health and Family Welfare, the Women and Child Development, the Agriculture and the Rural Development, but it remains a remote possibility.
New Delhi (March 22, 2010): In a major development, a High Power Committee established by the state government of Kerala in India has recommended today that Coca-Cola be held liable for Indian Rupees 216 crore (US$ 48 million) for damages caused as a result of the company’s bottling operations in Plachimada.
The Coca-Cola bottling plant in Plachimada has remained shut down since March 2004 as a result of the community-led campaign in Plachimada challenging Coca-Cola’s abuse of water resources.
The report and recommendations were welcomed by activists who have challenged Coca-Cola’s operations in Plachimada. Demanding compensation from the Coca-Cola for the damages it has caused has been a central demand of the campaign from its inception.
“We welcome the Committee’s recommendations and now the state government must find the political will to implement the recommendations,” said R. Ajayan of the Plachimada Solidarity Committee, a statewide organization that has been instrumental in moving the compensation process forward.
The Adivasi Samrakshana Sangham and the Plachimada Solidarity Committee had submitted detailed proposals to the high level committee on the issue of compensation and the course forward.
“The Committee thus has compelling evidence to conclude that the HCBPL has caused serious depletion of the water resources of Plachimada, and has severely contaminated the water and soil,” said the report. HCBPL is the Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited, a subsidiary of
“The Committee has come to the conclusion that the Company is responsible for these damages and it is obligatory that they pay the compensation to the affected people for the agricultural losses, health problems, loss of wages, loss of educational opportunities, and the pollution caused to the water resources,” added the report.
The report made it clear that the numbers used in arriving at the $48 million compensation were estimates and “indicative in nature”, and “should not be treated as the outer limit of compensation.”
Importantly, the report clarified that the compensation suggested did not include damages as a result of water depletion caused by Coca-Cola, and such damages must be assessed.
The report also agreed that Coca-Cola should be held criminally liable for its reckless actions in Plachimada – a key demand of the campaign to hold Coca-Cola accountable. “The compensation is not to be viewed as a quid pro quo for not initiating criminal charges,” the report stated.
The Committee has also recommended that the government create a “dedicated adjudicating agency”, such as a Claims Tribunal, to move the process of compensation forward. Alternatively, the report suggested approaching the central government to set up an institutional mechanism to process the compensation claims under the Environment Protection Act.
Some activists have questioned the compensatory figure suggested by the Committee as being too low.
“A transparent and institutionalized process can revisit the recommended compensation numbers to make sure that Coca-Cola pays for all the damages it has caused,” said R. Ajayan.
Validating the long term campaign against Coca-Cola, the High Power Committee confirmed that the Coca-Cola company had violated a number of laws in its reckless operations, including: Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974; The Environment (Protection) Act ,1986; The Factories Act, 1948; Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989; The SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989; Indian Penal Code; Land Utilization Order, 1967; The Kerala Ground Water (Control & Regulation) Act, 2002; Indian Easement Act, 1882.
Ironically, the report confirming Coca-Cola’s mismanagement of water resources and holding the company liable for $48 million in damages comes on World Water Day.
“We have attended every Coca-Cola shareholders meeting in the
“Coca-Cola shareholders need to pay attention because the company continues to have an atrocious record in
Farming households have suffered a steep decline in yield to less than half the levels of what obtained before 2000. Further, the number of coconut palms assigned for toddy tapping also declined to nearly half during this period, since tapping contractors selected only the irrigated trees. Ninety-one percent of the farming households reported that owing to reduction in crop productivity, their agricultural income declined drastically. So they had reduced employment of hired labour. Consequently, the number of days of employment of agricultural labour dwindled. Of the 916 workers who moved to other villages in search of work, 72% reported that they experienced severe unemployment in their own village since 2000. In other words, migration was forced upon most of them.
The fodder and water in Plachimada and surrounding areas were contaminated with copper, cadmium, lead and chromium, more than the admissible level by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has found that the fodder, milk, meat and egg samples collected from Plachimada area contain the above elements, at a toxic level and that would explain not only the loss of animals and birds but also the reduction in the productive capacity of the animals. Production of milk, meat and egg declined which in turn affected the household income and health of the people.
There is abundant evidence to conclude that the operation of the Plant has exacerbated the drinking water crisis of the Plachimada Panchayat by excessive pumping and over-extraction of ground water. Further, it polluted drinking water by its careless and irresponsible disposal of sludge and treated effluents. Particularly hard hit are the dalits, tribals, women and children of the surrounding area. As the water supply deteriorated, the women had to travel about 5 kms to fetch drinking water. This has resulted in loss of wages for these women. Serious damage caused by the contamination of aquifers and springs had adversely affected agriculture yield and productivity.
The deterioration in the quality and quantity of groundwater and the consequential public health problems, displacement and migration of labour and the destruction of the agricultural economy are the main problems identified in Plachimada which have been caused and contributed by the Coca Cola Factory. The people living in the vicinity of the Company have been the worst affected. The problems were further aggravated by the deterioration of agricultural lands by depositing the hazardous wastes at the behest of the Company. During the rainy season, these deposits have spread into paddy fields, canals and wells, causing a serious health hazard. The Company abandoned this practice and began pumping dirty water into dry bore holes that had been drilled on the site for the disposal of solid waste. This polluted the aquifers.
(1) Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
(2) The Environment (Protection) Act ,1986
(3) The Factories Act, 1948
(4) Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) Rules , 1989
(5) The SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989
(6) Indian Penal Code
(7) Land Utilization Order, 1967
(8) The Kerala Ground Water (Control & Regulation) Act, 2002
(9) Indian Easement Act, 1882.
Two recommendations put forth in this Report are:
Government may constitute by legislation a Claims Tribunal for the adjudication of disputes relating to compensation due to water and air pollution, loss of agricultural crops and animals, diseases affecting human beings in the surrounding area due to the excess drawl and pollution of groundwater and surface water by the Company.
Agriculture loss: Rs. 84. 16 crores
Health damages: Rs. 30. 00 crores
Cost of providing water: Rs. 20.00 crores
Wage loss and opportunity cost: Rs. 20.00 crores
Cost of pollution of the water resources: Rs. 62.10 crores
Total: Rs. 216.26 crores
• The Coca Cola Company at Plachimada has been causing environmental degradation by over extraction of ground water and irresponsible disposal of the sludge.
• The Coca Cola Company is culpable under several laws in force.
• The water resources of the area have been affected and the water scarcity has been compounded.
• By passing off the sludge as manure, the Company has not only misguided the farmers but has become responsible for the soil degradation, water contamination and consequential loss of agriculture.
• There has been a steady decline in the agriculture production in the area.
• The production of milk, meat and eggs also has suffered.
• Metals like cadmium, lead and chromium have been detected in the sludge and this has affected the health of the people.
• The general health of the people has been affected with skin ailments, breathing problems and other debilities.
• Low birth weight of children has also been noticed.
• Environment of the Village has acutely been damaged by polluting water and soil.
• Drinking water has become scarce and women have to walk long distances and this has deprived them of their wages, and this needs to be compensated.
• Children have dropped out of the school on account of the social, health and economic factors caused by the pollution caused and this opportunity cost has to be compensated.
• The Grama Panchayat has been providing drinking water in tanker lorries ever since the wells and water bodies have been rendered useless by the Company by its extraction of water and disposal and effluents.
• The actual economic loss on account of the depletion of water resources has not been quantified but its proxies have been used.
• The compensation that could be claimed on various losses has been calculated as below:
Agriculture loss: Rs. 84. 16 crores
Health damages: Rs. 30. 00 crores
Cost of providing water: Rs. 20.00 crores
Wage loss and opportunity cost: Rs. 20.00 crores
Cost of pollution of the water resources: Rs. 62.10 crores
Total: Rs. 216.26 crores
• There are sufficient provisions under the existing laws to claim this compensation of these damages from the Company under the ‘polluter pays principle’.
• However it is desirable to set up a dedicated institution to adjudicate the individual claims. Such a dedicated mechanism could either be a Tribunal under Art. 323 B of the Constitution of India to be legislated by the state legislature or an Authority under section 3(3) of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to be created by the Central Government.
• Once Government decides on a suitable mechanism and it comes into being, individual claims will have to be assessed and actual compensation decreed and the polluter Company made to pay it.
• The company located in this drought-prone area, should not resume its operation.
& enforcement , the public servants are practicing double standards.
Poor Innocents are harassed , tortured all in the name of law ,
rules , technicalities .
Whereas , Rich Criminals are manipulating the evidences , records &
are going scot free. The Public Servants treat Rich Criminals
Favourably with kid gloves ofcourse for a price.
Now , take for instance , public servants of the rank of supreme
chief justice & President of india are hiding information relating to
crime , covering-up crimes , violating commoner's human rights ,
fundamental rights , obstructing citizen from performing their
Constitutionally prescribed Fundamental Duties as Citizens of
no action by police , they are not even registering the complaint.
Whereas , if a commoner cover-ups a crime or evidence , he also
becomes a criminal , if a commoner violates the fundamental / human
right of a rich person , if a commoner obstructs a public servant
performing his public duties , all those become crimes & he is
booked for each counts.
Why not police registering complaint against the above stated public
servants for above crimes. IS IT NOT DOUBLE STANDARD.
POLICE NOT REGISTERING FOLLOWING COMPLAINT
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MYSORE - 570017.
Honourable DG & IG of Police ,
State Police H.Q ,
Honourable Circle Inspector of Police,
Vijayanagar Police Station,
Subject : Violation of FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS & HUMAN RIGHTS by
Honourable Chief Jusice of India & H.E.Honourable President of India
& other public servants
equal , have right to equal oppurtunity &
equitable justice irrespective of caste , creed , religion , etc. the
constitution has guaranteed these to every indian
citizen by way of CONSTITUTIONAL FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS. Also , every
humanbeing on earth has got HUMAN RIGHTS, by virtue of
his / her birth.
SERVANTS have forgotten this & are acting as lords ,
autocrats - unquestionable public masters. CONSTITUTIONAL
FUNCTIONARIES are PUBLIC SERVANTS appointed to serve the public,
public are the kings of democracy , they are the taxpayers &
paymasters of this very same public servants.
wide , it has not even spared the judiciary. The last
resort of commonman for seeking justice is judiciary , even there
corruption has spread.In present day
is rich , he can committ any type of crime & get away clean from
courts of law. there are corrupt police officials
who modify FIR , suppress evidences ,manipulate evidences , takes up
different line of investigation , fix innocents ,
coughs-up false confessions from innocents by 3rd degree torture ,
file B report closing the case , decides not to
appeal in higher court of law , etc , ALL FOR A PRICE. Just see the
list of millionnaire police officials who are
caught by karnataka lokayukta.
Next step , the prosecutor & defense advocate strikes a
deal , manipulates evidences , manipulates way
of presentation of case & way of argument favouring the rich crooks
for a price , as observed in high profile
BMW case involving public prosecutor IU KHAN & defense counsel RK
ANAND. In this way , if corrupt police & advocates ,
together manipulate the due process of law , the presiding judge is
left high & dry eventhough the judge is honest,
he is left helpless. to add to this , when the judge himself is
corrupt , people's last hope , democracy is dead. nowadays
we are hearing too many reports of irregularities in judiciary.
our publication has filed many appeals as PUBLIC INTEREST
LITIGATION before hon'ble supreme court of india,
but the vested interests there are not accepting it as PILs. WHAT DOES
PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION MEANS ?
ISSUES WHICH ARE OF PUBLIC CONCERN AFFECTING MANY NUMBER OF PUBLICS.
The issues raised by us for sample :
1. sale of fake medicines & adulterated food products , beverages ,
colas affecting the health of millions of indians
& public of importing nations who are importing the same dangerous
products from india .
2. demolition , eviction of houses , lands belonging to poor dalits ,
tribals , backward castes by government authorities
whereas regularising illegal land encroachments , illegal buildings
by high & mighty people in total disregard to law.
in some cases government has even made contempt of court , by defying
court orders & enacting special laws all to favour rich land grabbers.
3. take the cases corporate frauds, violation of labour laws ,
pollution board laws , tax laws , etc by companies.
4. The reports in media about certain highly placed public servants
leaking india's defense secrets to foreign countries
& some politicians , film stars attending parties hosted by anti
nationals DAWOOD IBRAHIM & underworld dons in gulf
countries & elsewhere.
these type of appeals are for public good , national
security , as public are affected by them. still supreme court of
india is not considering
our repeated PIL Appeals.the courts have the authority to consider
even a post card , e-mail as a PIL Appeal , the courts
even have the right to initiate suo-motto action for public good ,
inspite of absence of any appeals / complaints.
over & above this at the time of my very first appeal my income was
very low & i was a retrenched factory employee who was eligible
for free legal aid, even free legal aid was not given to me.
Now , even to my repeated RTI Appeals the Honourable chief
justice of India & H.E.Honourable President of
are not giving the requested information . these action of CJI &
amounts to suppression of information , truth , evidences , which is a
CROSS EXAM OF HONOURABLE CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA , SUPREME COURT OF
CROSS EXAM OF UNION HOME SECRETARY , GOI , NEW DELHI –
CROSS EXAM OF DG&IG OF POLICE , GOK , BANGALORE –
CROSS EXAM OF GOVERNOR , RESERVE BANK OF INDIA
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CROSS EXAM OF MUDA COMMISSIONER , MUDA , MYSORE –
http://crimesofmuda.blogspot.com/ , http://manivannanmuda.blogspot.com/
, http://crimesatmudamysore.wordpress.com/ ,
CROSS EXAM OF BDA COMMISSIONER , BDA , BANGALORE –
http://crimesofbda.blogspot.com/ , http://bdacrimes.wordpress.com/ ,
CORPORATE CRIMES RPG CABLES LIMITED
MEGA FRAUD BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
are you ready to catch tax thieves ?
MOBILE PHONES , CURRENCY SCANDALS
reliance industry where is accountability ?
crimes at infosys campus
crimes by B.D.A against a poor woman
crimes of land mafia in India
currency thefts in RBI Press
killer colas & killer medicines of India
We do have highest respect for all constitutional bodies ,
public servants , but it is an appeal to the
honest few in public service ,to bring to book their corrupt
colleagues.The Honourable Chief Justice of India & H.E.Honourable
President of India
have violated their oaths of office , failed in their constitutional
duties , suppressed material truths / informations & thereby
violated my Constitutionally guaranteed FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS & BASIC
HUMAN RIGHTS & Obstructing me from performing constitutionally
prescribed FUNDAMENTAL DUTIES AS A CITIZEN OF INDIA.
Hereby , i do
request you to legally prosecute the below mentioned public servants
1. H.E.Honourable President of
2. Honourable Chief Justice Of
3. Union Home Secretary , GOI
4. Governor , Reserve Bank Of
5. Director-General & Inspector General Of Police , government of
6. Commissioner ,
7. Commissioner ,
8. Commissioner , Mysore City Corporation
9. Labour Commissioner , government of karnataka and
10. all public servants belonging to tax dept , pollution control
board , etc mentioned in the above cases with web links.
on the above mentioned charges. the whole issue of this news paper &
the related materials at the weblinks provided, forms part of this
complaint. If i am repeatedly called to police station or else where
for the sake of investigations , the losses i do incurr as a result
like loss of wages , transportation , job , etc must be borne by the
government. prevoiusly the police / IB personnel repeatedly called me
the complainant (sufferer of injustices) to police station for
questioning , but never called the guilty culprits even once to police
station for questioning , as the culprits are high & mighty . this
type of one sided questioning must not be done by police or
investigating agencies . if anything untoward happens to me or to my
family members like loss of job , meeting with hit & run accidents ,
loss of lives , etc , the jurisdictional police together with above
mentioned accussed public servants will be responsible for it. Even if
criminal nexus levels fake charges , police file fake cases against
me or my dependents to silence me , this complaint is & will be
if anything untoward happens to me or my dependents , the government
of my family. if my whole family is eliminated by the criminal nexus ,
then that compensation money must be donated to Indian Army Welfare
Fund. afterwards , the money must be recovered by GOI as land arrears
from the salary , pension , property , etc of guilty police
officials , public servants & Constitutional fuctionaries. thanking
Jai Hind , Vande Mataram.
Date : 04.07.09………………… your's sincerely,
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