Bhopal: A national human rights commission, CNRLdelegation, led by its chairman, Judge Arun Mishra, has planned a visit to the Gwalior Mansik Arogyashala, as an MP on Tuesday, to inspect and get first-hand knowledge of its current conditions.
The commission also intends to formulate a long-term plan for the efficient operation of the centre. The visit will be followed by a sensitization workshop for all stakeholders on the various issues related to mental health on Wednesday in Gwalior.
In response to a PIL, Supreme Courtin the order dated 11 November 1997, had directed the District Judge to continue monitoring the psychiatric hospitals in Gwalior, Agra and Ranchi, and from time to time give necessary directives by sending periodic reports to the NHRC, with copy to the Supreme Court.
Accordingly, the Chairman of the NHRC requested the Chief Justice of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh to advise the District Judge of Gwalior to monitor the functioning of the psychiatric hospitals and send quarterly reports to the NHRC with a copy to the SC .
An inspection report received from District Judge, Gwalior for 2022 highlighted shortcomings in the operation of the hospital including lack of funds, lack of staff, poor infrastructure, poor accommodation and difficulties in repatriation.
The delegation will also be composed of members of the CNDH, Judge MM Kumar and Rajiv Jainthe Secretary General, Mr. Devendra Kumar Singh, and the Deputy Secretary, Harish Chandra Chaudhary.
The sensitization workshop, on the second day, will include the participation of, among others, Mohammed Suleman, ACS, Health, Prateek Hajela, ACS, Social Welfare, DG, Health Services, GOI and Prof. (Dr.) Pratima Murthydirector, NIMHANS.