DOOMDOOMA, June 18 - The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) has expressed serious concern over the care and safety of children, adolescents, mothers and pregnant women taking shelter at various relief camps due to the Baghjan gas well tragedy.
In a letter to Oil India Limited CMD Sushil Chandra Mishra on June 12, ASCPCR chairperson Dr Sunita Changkakoti urged his immediate intervention to ensure care and safety of pregnant mother and children living in the relief camps.
She also urged the OIL CMD to provide adequate care, nutritional food, medical support for the pregnant women, provide sanitary napkins and toiletries to the adolescent girls living in the camps and adequate medicine and baby food for babies living in the camps.
To verify physically whether these facilities are provided in the camps, Dr Pilu Hazarika, a member of the ASCPCR, visited seven relief camps in Baghjan area on Wednesday. During her visit, the ASCPCR member found that the supply of baby food, nutritional food for pregnant women and children and medical support for pregnant women in some of the relief camps were inadequate. The ASCPCR member expressed dissatisfaction over the safety measures for adolescent girls living in the camps.
Later, talking to this correspondent, ASCPCR member Hazarika expressed serious concern over the matter and said that the commission would write to the OIL authority and the Tinsukia district administration to provide adequate facilities in the relief camps.