On Tuesday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to centre and state governments of four states – Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, after the commission has received complaints from industries and transportation services. 

The commission has also issued the notices to the Director Generals of Police of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Commissioner of Police. 

NHRC has said that around 9,000 industrial units and transportation services have been affected because of the protests. The statement read, “NHRC has said that around 9,000 industrial units and transportation services have been affected because of the protests.” 

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The statement further read, “Allegedly, transportation is also adversely impacted, causing the commuters, patients physically challenged people and senior citizens to suffer due to the heavy congestion on roads.

There are also reports that people have to travel long distances to reach their destinations due to the ongoing farmers' agitation and barricades have been put on the borders.”

The Commission has further alleged that the protesting farmers have breached the corona protocols. The statement said, “There is an allegation that there is a breach of the corona protocols by the agitating farmers at the protest site. There is the further allegation that the inhabitants are not being allowed to move out of their houses due to the blockade of the passage.”

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It further read, “The Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) is requested to examine the adverse impact of the farmers' agitation on industrial and commercial activities/production and disruption of transport services on commercial and normal consumers including inconvenience and additional expenditure, etc. and to submit a comprehensive report in the matter by 10th October 2021.”

“The National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health, Government of India, has been asked to submit reports concerning the adverse impact of farmers agitation on various aspects and observance of COVID Protocols at the protests sites,” it continued.

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