GM stir: NHRC asks collector for report

Mar 20 2011, 02:32 IST
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Protesting workers outside the Halol plant. Bhupendra Rana Protesting workers outside the Halol plant. Bhupendra Rana
SummaryThe National Human Rights Commission has asked Panchmahals District Collector Milind Torwane to submit a detailed report in seven days in the wake of health related complaints by agitating workers at the General Motors plant in Halol.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked Panchmahals District Collector Milind Torwane to submit a detailed report in seven days in the wake of health related complaints by agitating workers at the General Motors (GM) plant in Halol.

The Law Division of NHRC has taken cognisance of the report sent by leaders of the agitating workers alleging the serious spine-related problems due to extended working hours, and medical negligence on the part of GM.

Company officials, said they maintained the best practices and no such health related issues persist.

In a letter to the district collector (a copy of which is available with The Indian Express), NHRC, Assistant Registrar (Law) said: ¿Following the complaint and intimation dated February 25 received from Mihil Mehta, General Secretary, Gujarat Kamdar Mandal placed before the commission on March 9, the Commission has passed the following order: ‘Issue notice to the District Magistrate, Panchmahals, Godhra, Gujarat to submit a report in detail within a period of one week, failing which coercive process may be issued. Take notice that you are required to submit the report within one week from the date of receipt of this notice. Take further notice that in default the Commission may proceed to take action’.¿

Despite several attempts, Torwane could not be contacted for his comments.

Mihil Mehta, General Secretary, Gujarat Kamdar Mandal told The Indian Express: “I have submitted the detailed health report of 269 workers in which it is clearly mentioned that they are suffering from serious spine related problems. The company was requested in the past to give proper attention to this but instead they ignored it and made the workers for more hours.”

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