Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Justice HL Dattu has expressed serious concern over Maoist violence, deteriorating healthcare and education, trafficking or women and children, socio-economic backwardness of the KBK region, violation of rights of people during acquisition of land for various developmental projects and lack of implementation of the Forest Rights Act in Odisha.
Inaugurating the three-day camp court here on Monday, Dattu attributed the persistent Maoist violence in Malkangiri district to the poor socio-economic status of the people.
"Malkangiri district is severely affected by Left wing extremism. Several factors, which have contributed to the persistence of Maoist violence in the district, include poor socio-economic status of the local population, majority of them belonging to the Scheduled Tribes, and lack of basic facilities such as education and healthcare," he said.
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