The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Union Home Secretary and Chief Secretaries of all states and union territories over the health hazard faced by traffic police personnel due to high air pollution.
The commission issued the order after taking notice of a complaint raising the issue of the right to health of traffic police personnel across the country.
The official statement by the commission read, “Allegedly, the high air pollution is causing reduced life expectancy among them as the vehicular pollution affects their respiratory and reproductive system.”
The panel has issued the notices to the Union Home Secretary and Chief Secretaries of all states and union territories and sought detailed responses from them within eight weeks.
In cases, where the response is not received within the stipulated time, the commission would invoke coercive process under Section 13 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.
Besides this, the commission noted that most of the state governments are not providing any extra allowances or health facilities to the traffic police personnel.