Guwahati, May 20: Gauhati High Court today sought replies from the Centre and the Assam government on a petition that alleges difficult living conditions at relief camps sheltering families displaced in the Rabha-Hasong violence in Goalpara district.
A division bench of Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Ujjal Bhuyan issued the notices in connection with a public interest litigation (No. 45/2013) filed by Manjit Kumar Das on behalf of the Assam unit of Human Rights Law Network.
The HRLN is an all-India body of lawyers and social activists dedicated to the use of legal system to advance human rights.
The respondents will have to file their replies in the form of affidavits by June 20, which has been fixed as the next date of hearing.
Alleging that the conditions at the relief camps are far from desirable, the petitioner has appealed to the court to direct the government to provide adequate compensation, relief and better living conditions to the inmates.
According to government figures, more than 18,000 people are living in 22 relief camps set up by the government in Goalpara district.
Advocate Raju Doley, a member of the network, told this correspondent that they moved the high court after a five-member fact-finding team of the Network visited eight relief camps at Goalpara in March this year and found that the inmates, particularly women and children, were living in deplorable conditions, without adequate food, medicines and other relief materials.