Order defied, school is still used as relief camp

Child rights panel had ordered removal of camp at Government school at Purakad a month ago.

ALAPPUZHA: The eight homeless families who have been living in the rehabilitation camp of the Government New LPS, Purakad, have not been shifted although the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) had ordered the removal of the camp a month ago.

A KeSCPCR bench comprising J. Sandhya and Glory George had ordered district collector and deputy director of education to shut down the camp after DC published a report on it on November 30. The camp was started following sea erosion in July 2014.

The KeSCPCR ruled that running rehabilitation centres in the school violated the provisions of the Right to Education Act (RTE) and Juvenile Justice Act 2015.(JJ Act).

Ward member Bindu Shaji said the district administration had promised to conduct a meeting in this regard on Tuesday, but it did not take place. “If no action is taken to rehabilitate the families, we will organise an agitation,” she said.

A total of 135 homeless fishermen in Purakad panchayat have been on the warpath for over two years for land and accommodation. On December 17 last year, a group of fishermen had barged into the panchayat office and locked up the officials. Twenty fishermen were slapped with criminal cases by the police.

Ms N.K. Prasannakumari, headmistress, said many outsiders roam around the school due to the presence of the rehabilitation camp. A hall of the six-room school has been set apart for the camp.

Ms Sasikala Purushan, an inmate, said that they were ready to leave the school if they were given a safe place to live anywhere in the panchayat. “The politicians had promised to provide us accommodation within six- months during the election time. We are still waiting for them to fulfil their promise,” she said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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