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NHRC Recommends UP government to Pay Two Lakh More to Spouse
JANADHIKAR Reporter | 16 May 2014

JANADHIKAR, country’s pioneer in human rights, once again selflessly helped in delivering justice to a poor lady Lakshmi Gupta, whose husband was died in an electrocution accident on May 11, 2011, in village Dholiya, under police station Sursha, district Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh, as NHRC recommended to chief secretary, government of UP to pay two lakh more to the her. It would be additional to one lakh which had previously paid by Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited, Lucknow. The recommendation came in NHRC case No.30734/24/36/2011 on a complaint filed by Janadhikar Activist Anand Mohan Batham of Lakhimpur-kheri vide No.Janadhikar/ Pari-NHRC/2011/74, dated July, 24, 2011 and prayed from justice to a poor widow lady whom the activist not know till date. The complainant always finds renowned social activist Ashok Shankaram as his source of inspiration.

NHRC, New Delhi, recommendation revelation runs as that these proceedings shall be read in continuation of the earlier proceedings of the Commission dated 28.03.2013, vide which a notice was directed to be issued to the Chairperson and MD, UP Power Corporation Limited, Lucknow, to show cause as to why a further / additional suitable compensation / monetary relief be not awarded to Smt. Lakshmi Gupta. Pursuant to the directions of the Commission, a reply dated 27.06.2013 has been received from the Deputy General Manager, UPPCL, Lucknow, in which it is stated that an amount of rupees one lakh has already been paid to Smt. Lakshmi Gupta, wife of the deceased, which was the maximum compensation to be provided under order No. 2400-O.No.2008-19 (125) AS/08 dated 19.06.2008. The apex rights body has perused and considered the report. As has already been mentioned vide proceedings dated 28.03.2013 that amount of Rs.1 lakh only paid as compensation / relief to the widow of the deceased is very meager and wholly inadequate. The deceased was aged about 40 years only at the time of incident. He had come in contact with a fallen high tension power line on the way while going to his field. Apparently, the officers and officials of the UP Power Corporation were responsible and negligent in not maintaining the power line properly and safely which was the cause of the incident. Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case, the NHRC recommends to the Government of Uttar Pradesh, through its Chief Secretary, to pay additional compensation of Rs.2,00,000/- (Rupees Two Lakhs only) to Smt. Lakshmi Gupta, widow of the deceased. The Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, is directed to submit compliance report alongwith proof of payment within six weeks.