Emergency and Disaster Response
What HRLN Does
HRLN believes that steps must be taken to arrest spending on inappropriate or poorly conceived aid programmes. Corruption and misuse of aid money must be checked. The utility of programmes and pattern of government spending of huge sums of aid must be evaluated.
· The Indian government has no long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction strategies for people affected by disasters
· Corruption and misuse of aid money
· The unpreparedness of the central and state governments for disaster management
· The exclusion of affected communities and the lack of emphasis on the basic principles of sustainable development
· The government’s slow and discriminatory practices in providing compensation, housing, or relocation for victims
· Lack of awareness amongst affected populations of the relief/rehabilitation schemes to which they are entitled
· The frequently changing nature of relief/rehabilitation schemes and short notice periods for making claims
In 2004, members of our team visited all the tsunami-affected areas in Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, focusing on three aspects of post disaster relief and rehabilitation: Monitoring the formulation of reformation and rehabilitation packages and their equitable disbursement, providing direct legal assistance to affected people, disseminating information regarding government relief packages through training and community level interactions.
During the 2006 Kashmir earthquake, our team responded by assisting victims to file applications for relief and ensuring their rehabilitation. The Kashmir unit volunteered with other organisations to work for the earthquake victims. It assisted the people in filing applications for relief and getting their claims. The unit also intervened and filed many cases for the proper disbursement of the relief as promised by the government.
Adivasi Villagers move High Court for illegal eviction by Forest Department Officials in violation of interim order during Covid Lockdown.
Ushaini Sabar VRs Susanta Kumar Bisoi- Contc No. 3111of 2021-
Intervenor Application filed in the Patna High Court for regulating the price of ambulance and emergency medical services during the pandemic
Mrityunjay Kumar Vs. State of Bihar & Others IA No. 4/ 21 in CWJC 353/2021
Narmada : Inquiry into Displacement, Resettlement and Rehabilitation of People Affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project; 2004 - Indian People’s Tribunal on Environment and Human Rights (IPT)
The Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP), a multi-purpose dam project built in the Narmada River Valley, has been challenged on ...read more