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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Government will now provide food bandobust staff

Panaji: Goa chief secretary R K Srivastava has informed the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) that the government has complied with the commission's recommendations that police personnel posted for bandobust duty during legislative assembly sessions be provided meals/food packets in the future and that adequate number of mobile toilets be made available for them in the future wherever regular toilet facilities are not available.

All the police personnel from north and south districts, traffic cell, security, anti-terrorism squad (ATS), special branch (SB), India reserve battalion (IRB) and wireless, who were deployed on assembly bandobust duty from January 11 till January 15 this year were provided with lunch packets and water bottles. Mobile toilet facilities were also provided to male and female police personnel deployed, following recommendations from GHRC, Srivastava stated. tnn
Following a complaint by advocate Aires Rodrigues that public personnel posted on duty around the Goa assembly complex were not being served with lunch and not being provided with toilet facilities, violating their human rights, the commission issued notices to the DGP, chief secretary and home secretary in this regard.
"The present arrangements are not at all sufficient to meet the basic requirement of toilet facilities. The police personnel on duty cannot be expected to use the toilet facilities which are not close to the place of duty as the police personnel on duty are required to be present at the place of duty. We feel that adequate number of mobile toilets should be provided at appropriate places to meet the basic requirement of toilet facility," the commission stated.
"Police personnel are human beings and are entitled to be treated as such. In absence of the provision for providing meals and drinking water to the police personnel while on duty for long hours during assembly session and not providing basic toilets facilities to them is a clear infringement of Article 21 of the Constitution of India and also would amount to violation of their basic human rights," the commission had further stated before passing recommendations.

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