Two weeks after it was directed to submit a report to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on the death of a four-day-old infant at the Jalandhar civil hospital, the state government has failed to submit the dossier.
The incident happened on July 25 and the commission had written to the state chief secretary for a report on July 27 within 10 days. Speaking with HT on phone from New Delhi, NCPCR member Vinod Kumar Tikoo said that the government was yet to file the report. He added the commission would send another notice to the government, if no reply was forthcoming within a few days.
HT tried to contact chief secretary Rakesh Singh, but his officer on special duty Mahesh Bansal said that he was busy in a meeting.
A preliminary inquiry report submitted by a five-member committee had indicted a staff nurse for demanding a fee of Rs 200 for keeping the newborn girl in the photo-therapy unit.