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Federation urge NHRC to hold inquiry into Thoothukudi firing

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Federation for People’s Rights here on Wednesday urged the National Human Rights Comission (NHRC) to conduct an inquiry by its high level committee into the police firing on the agitators, who demanded the closure of the United Kingdom-based Vedanta Group’s Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant at Thoothkudi.

Reports said, atleast eleven people were killed in the firing on Tuesday. However, official figure put at nine.

In a release here, Federation Secretary G Sugumaran said people of 21 villages around the Sterlite plant are agitating for the past 100 days for its closure since, it is polluting the environment there and causing health hazard to the people.

He charged that police straightaway resorted to firing to quell the mob without following any guidelines to control them.

The fact is that eight of the eleven killed in police firing were leading the agitation for the past 100 days clearly shows that this is a preplanned attack by the police. He said another two were killed in the firing by police when people blocked the car of District Police superintendent to seek justice after the situation came under control .

Mr Sugumaran demanded that murder cases be registered against the police personnel who opened fire on the people and on the officials who ordered the firing. A compensation of Rs 25 lakh be provided to the families of the victims and steps be taken for the permanent closure of Sterlite plant.

UNI / 23.05.2018

Ensure 25 pc reservation for poor students in Pvt Schools under RTE : Federation to govt

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Puducherry, Apr 29 (UNI) Federation for People’s Rights here today urged the government to ensure 25 percent reservation for poor students in private schools under the Right to Education Act.

Pointing out that Tamil Nadu government had taken steps in this direction and issued orders for admission of 1,26,262 students in private schools, Federation Secretary G Sugumaran in a release here today urged the government to follow the suit.

Mr. Sugumaran regretted that though the Central government had introduced the Act in 2009, the Puducherry government had not taken any initiative to implement the same and steps were taken in this direction following a direction from Madras High Court.

UNI / 29.04.2017

News: NHRC directs Pondy Govt. to take action on complaint from Federation for People’s Rights

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Puducherry, Apr 3 (UNI) The National Human Rights Commission has directed the Puducherry administration to take appropriate steps within eight weeks in the death of three people at the Government Medical College here while undergoing dialysis.

Federation for People’s Rights Secretary G Sugumaran, representing the NHRC, in a release here today said subsequent to the death of three patients following a power failure at the Medical college on March 9, Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao had suspended the medical offices, nurses and technician on duty at that time and announced a solatium of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased.

On March 13, the Federation lodged a complaint with the NHRC that the top medical officers, including the director health should be suspended and the affected families should be provided Rs 25 lakh each.

The NHRC had directed the administration to initiate appropriate action within eight weeks and report to the complainant, he added.

UNI / 03.04.2017

News: CBI probe sought into Puducherry girl’s rape

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The Federation for People’s Rights on Monday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged sexual assault of a minor girl by a school correspondent here

Puducherry: G Sugumaran, Secretary of The Federation for People’s Rights in a statement here on Monday said a class nine student of KSP school at Kadirgamam was allegedly sexually assaulted by its Correspondent Ramesh.

Even though, the D Nagar police had registered a case against Ramesh, he is yet to be arrested.

Sugumaran said, based on a complaint from the girl, the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) conducted an enquiry and recommended the police to register a case.

However, the south Superintendent of Police instead of registering a case had a discussion with the girl’s family to withdraw the case.

Following intervention by the left parties and social organisations, a case has been registered against Ramesh.

He said the accused Ramesh is a ruling N R Congress functionary and former Chairperson of a government corporation.

The police is trying to save Ramesh from the case and the victim is most unlikely to get justice if the Puducherry police investigates the case, he alleged.

Therefore, the Puducherry administration should hand over the case to the CBI, arrest Ramesh, put him behind bars and provide adequate compensation to the family of the affected girl, he said.

Sugumaran said if the Puducherry administration fails in this regard, the federation will mobilise the support of all social organisations and organise a massive agitation.

A detailed memorandum on the issue is being forwarded to the Union Home Ministry, Home Secretary and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), he further added in his statement.

News: Hand over the child prostitution racket case to the CBI

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Puducherry, Apr 23 (UNI)The Federation for People’s Rights here today reiterated it’s demand to hand over the child prostitution racket case to the CBI.

In a statement here today,federation secretary G Sugumaran said five police personnel were so far arrested in this case and the CID police which is investigating the case is making efforts to close the case with the arrest of the police personnel.Mr.Venkatasamy,SP ,CID had already stated that 300 persons who got connection with the case were identified with the telephone numbers they contacted with the racket and action will be initiated against them.But so far no action was taken and a few of the police personnel arrested were not having an connection with the crime.

Mr.Sugumaran charged that some politicians and industrialists were involved in the crime and the Puducherry government and the police are action in a haste to savbe them.

He said the Tamil outfits along with the federation would hold a meeting here tomorrow to chalk out agitations to press the government to hand over the case to the CBI,to arrest all the politicians and industrialists involved,to ensure a normal life to the affected minor girls and to provide adequate compensation to them.


Puducherry government urged to take over Aurobindo Ashram

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Puducherry: Delegates of some political parties and social outfits on Tuesday presented a joint memorandum to Chief Minister N Rangasamy seeking his intervention for takeover of Aurobindo Ashram by Puducherry government.

The controversies surrounding the institution had come to cause concern to the people of the Union Territory, Secretary of the Federation of People`s Rights, G Sugumaran who led the delegation said in a release.

The recent incidents of suicide by two of the five sisters evicted from the Ashram with their mother following their eviction from the Ashram have triggered the demand for a speedy probe into the incidents by a retired judge of Madras High court, he said.

The Ashram should be taken over and administered by an IAS officer so that there would be no room for complaints against the Ashram.

Sugumaran said the Chief Minister assured the delegates that necessary steps would be taken to look into their pleas.

The delegation comprised representatives of Puducherry unit of the MDMK, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam and Students Federation of Puducherry.

Deccan Chronicle/24.12.2014

News: Federation demands separate dept for BC & Minorities

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The Federation for People’s Rights here today urged Chief Minister N Rangasamy to take immediate steps to set up a separate department for Backward Class and Minorities as announced in the Lt Governor’s address to the territorial assembly on August 18, 2011.

In a letter to the Chief Minister here, Federation Secretary G Sugumaran pointed out that since 1954 a separate department with a minister, secretary etc was functioning in Tamil Nadu and separate fund was being allocated every year in the budget.

However, in Puducherry no steps were taken even though it was announced in 2011. Hence, the scheme should be announced in this budget session and steps taken to ensure welfare of the majority backward class and minorities living here, he said.

UNI / 07.08.2014

News: Plea on ST status for Pondy tribals

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The Federation for People’s Rights here today urged the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to recommend and take steps for the issuance of Presidential Notification under Article 342 of Indian Constitution for declaring ST status to the tribal people here by the Government of India so that they could enjoy all the benefits being extended to the ST Communities throughout the country.

In a memorandum submitted to the Chairperson of the Commission Mr Rameswar Oraon, who is currently on a visit to the union territory, Federation secretary G Sugumaran said the ST Communities had been living in Puducherry Union Territory since several decades even prior to the Merger of Puducherry from the French Regime to Indian Union in 1954.

These Communities are fighting for declaration of ST status since 32 years in various forms.

This struggle is supported by various Political Parties and Social Organisations of Puducherry including the Federation for People’s Rights.

UNI / 03.09.2014

News: Federation of People’s Rights raises voice for PY prisonors

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The Federation for People’s Rights here today urged the administration to take immediate steps to bring to an end the fast by the prisoners.

In a statement here today, Federation Secretary G Sugumaran said the prisoners of the Central Prison were on a fast for the last three days and some of them were admitted to the Government General Hospital as their condition had deterioriated.

He questioned the administration that when the Tamil Nadu Government was taking steps to release the life convicts who had served seven years imprisonment, why was the Puducherry administratin denying parole to the prisoners even after submitting all relevant papers. He also urged the administration to constitute a committee of human rights activists to visit the prison to assess

UNI / 07.07.2014

News: Plea to Union Govt

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The Federation for People’s Rights here today urged the Centre to withdraw the ban imposed on Tamil organisations.

In a statement, Federation Secretary G Sugumaran said when countries like US,England and Canada had refused the demand of Sri Lanka to ban Tamil organisations citing their support to terrorism, the Centre accepting it needs to be condemned strongly. It was a known fact that Tamil organisations now banned raised their voice at the human rights meeting in Geneva against Sri Lanka for it’s war crimes.

Imposing a ban on the organisations meant India was continuing its ‘injustice’ towards Tamils,he added.

UNI / 06.05.2014