Bhubaneswar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a show cause notice to the Chief Secretary of Odisha in connection with the death of a woman due to electrocution in Keonjhar district in 2016.
The apex rights body has asked the Chief Secretary to show cause as to why a compensation of Rs 3 lakh would not be paid to the family of the deceased within four weeks. The direction of the commission came in response to a petition filed by rights activist Sangita Swain.
According to the petition, Jamuna Munda of Machhagada village under Patna police limits in Keonjhar district had died after she came in contact with a snapped 11 KV transmission wire on April 7, 2016.
Acting on the petition, the commission had sought a report from the Chief Secretary. In reply, additional secretary of energy department of Odisha had informed the commission on March 21, 2018, that as per inquiry report, the unfortunate incident took place due to heavy rain and storm and lightning strokes. The postmortem report had also confirmed the death is due to the high tension electric current. A sum of Rs 10,000 from Red Cross and Rs 2,000 from panchayat has been paid to the relatives of the deceased.
However, the Commission observed that the amount paid to the deceased’s family as compensation was too less and inappropriate and issued the show cause notice as to why Rs 3 lakh would not be paid to the deceased’s family.