The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) voiced grave concern on Friday about the plight of slum dwellers in Mumbai and requested a report from the Secretary of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on the situation of housing for the economically disadvantaged (EWS).

The NHRC stated in a statement that it had taken action after receiving a complaint and had issued letters to the MoHUA and the Maharashtra government. While the Maharashtra government reacted through the Chief Secretary, citing a “funding problem,” the Centre said 58,225 of the 2.24 lakh residences sanctioned in Maharashtra under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana had been grounded (Urban).

The National Human Rights Commission has given the Ministry four weeks to react. The Ministry earlier claimed in its December 3, 2021 response to the NHRC that “land and colonization are state concerns.” According to the NHRC, nearly two lakh dwellings were sanctioned in Maharashtra, with 58,225 of them grounded, out of a total of 2.24 lakh.

In four weeks, the rights organization has requested a thorough report from the secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MHUA). The MHUA claimed that “land and colonization are state topics” in a communication dated December 3, 2021. On Friday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) requested a report from the Bihar government on its actions against jail doctors for suspected incompetence in the treatment of an undertrial prisoner who died in 2018. The rights panel quoted the message as saying that the Centre is bolstering the state’s efforts to satisfy the housing needs of economically disadvantaged people in urban areas under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Urban (PMAY-U).

In another case involving the NHRC, the Commission said in a statement that it had considered a report from the Inspector General of Prisons and Reform Services, Bihar, as compensation in the matter of an undertrial prisoner’s death caused by medical negligence. The report “is silent on the eventual outcome of departmental procedures against the medics who were indifferent and negligent in the treatment of the undertrial prisoner,” according to the report.

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