Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Desist merciless eviction of poor families in Vizag  during VIP visits

It is inhuman and unbecoming of a government

Chenchus are tribals, their eviction attracts SC/ST Atrocities Act

EAS Sarma appeals to AP Government

EVS Sarma,former secretary to Government of India has once again written to the Government of Andhra Pradesh asking to desist merciless eviction of beggars whenever a VIP visited Visakhapatnam. This time he addressed his appeal to Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Dr. KS Jawahar Reddy.

EAS Sarma objects to the merciless eviction of Chenchus during VIP visits to Vizag

Following is the full text of the letter:

“It has become an ugly feature of Visakhapatnam that, whenever VIPs visit the city, the poor families squatting on either side of the VIP routes are evicted mercilessly, violating every norm of human rights protection and in a blatant violation of the law of the land. I have written time and again to the State authorities to desist from this inhuman response to VIP visits but they seem to be totally insensitive and callous.

“This time, it is the visit of the delegates to the G-20 meetings being held at Vizag and the Chenchu tribals from ASR Nagar, who were earlier displaced by the same authorities on an assurance that they would be given regular shelters, have been threatened with one more displacement, without any regular shelters being given to them for the last several years. It is unfortunate that the delegates to the G-20 meetings, who represent several countries, are themselves unaware of the proposed human rights violation taking place in the name of their meetings at Vizag.

May I remind the authorities that such abrupt eviction of the Chenchus, who are recognised under the Constitution as members of the Scheduled Tribes and are also recognised as “Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group” (PVTG) by the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, would attract the penal provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 2015, apart from the provisions of the Protection of Human Rights Act of 1993. India is a signatory to the UN Charter on Human Rights.

Such a human rights violation would also attract the attention of the global human rights organisations to the wanton manner in which the authorities in India have been treating their indigenous communities, a matter that should cause concern to the Union Ministry of External Affairs.

Please desist from going ahead with the proposed displacement of the tribal settlement at ASR Nagar and also desist from displacing similarly placed hawkers, vendors and small shop owners who are eligible for protection under the relevant Central legislations.

I am marking a copy of this letter to the Union Minister for External Affairs, Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), a Constitutional authority and the State Human Rights Commission for taking cognizance of this.


Yours sincerely,

E A S Sarma




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