Monday, September 28, 2009

Rs 5 lakh compensation for driver’s kin (asphyxiation in a 30-foot deep manhole)

Rs 5 lakh compensation for driver’s kin
Rs 5 lakh compensation for driver’s kin
Bangalore, August 25,DH News Service:

The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission has directed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and the State to pay compensation of Rs five lakh to the dependents of an autorickshaw driver, who lost his life due to asphyxiation in a 30-foot deep manhole in Yelahanka, nine months ago.

Sreenivas (35) lost his life on 14 November 2008, when he tried to rescue two labourers, Ambarish and Narasimha Murthy, who had fallen into the manhole.

In an order issued by Commission Chairperson Dr Justice S R Nayak to the Chairman, BWSSB, and the Labour Commissioner, the Commissioner said, “It is just and fair for the Government of Karnataka and/or the BWSSB to pay a sum of Rs 5,00,000 to the dependents of Srinivas.”

The order has been issued by the commissioner under Section 18 (e) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

The order also called upon the State Government, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Municipal Corporations and Municipalities, to implement the IPD Salappa Committee Report on improvement of living and working conditions of sweepers and scavengers.

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