The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued notices to the chief secretary and district magistrate for failing to send a report over the shocking incident of an infant's death in the civil hospital last month.
Confirming this, Vinod Kumar Tikoo, an NCPCR member, said the commission had given ten days' time to the state chief secretary and a month's time to the Jalandhar administration on July 27 to send the report.
But none of the authorities responded positively.
The commission has given another ten days to the both officials in its new notice to submit the report.
Tikoo said, "It is very sad that they have not taken a serious view on the shameful incident. They have to give answer to the commission about the reasons behind that incident."
He said in case they failed to send the report within the next ten days, the commission would summon them to New Delhi.
Meanwhile, the district magistrate-cum-deputy commissioner, Priyank Bharti, said he was not aware of any such notice sent by the NCPCR.
A four-day-old baby girl suffering from jaundice had died in the civil hospital on July 25 due to the alleged negligence of the hospital staff. The parents had said the baby had died because she was not kept in the phototherapy unit by the staff, as they failed to deposit Rs 200 fee.
Based on a preliminary inquiry in to the matter, staff nurse Harjit Kaur Oberoi has already been suspended.
Two committees, both headed by additional deputy commissioner, Jalandhar, Parneet Bhardwaj, have submitted their reports.
Accepting the report of a five-member committee formed on the directions of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, health minister Madan Mohan Mittal had transferred medical superintendent Dr Iqbal Singh. The department has also initiated process to chargesheet three nurses and an emergency medical officer (EMO) in the case.