Red Tape and Official Apathy Kills an Entrepreneur – NCHRO Team visits bereaved Family.
27 June 2019
A NRI businessman committed suicide allegedly after his convention centre in Kerala’s Kannur was stalled by the local civic body. Sajan Parayil, 49, hanged himself at his house on June 18, 2019. He was allegedly fed up with the way he was treated by the Anthoor Municipality chairperson PK Shymala, who, at one point, according to Sajan’s wife Beena, said that he will not get the clearance as long as she held the post. For the last 6 months, Sajan spent most of his days at the Anthoor municipality office to collect the occupancy certificate to open his convention centre. But every time, officials turned him away with trivial excuses led him to end his life.
Since government rules and regulations primarily aim to serve the public interest, here an Entrepreneur lost his precious life. It is shameful we are plagued by a lot of bureaucracy and corruption. Red Tape becomes institutionalised in the culture, policy and practices of public officials. Bureaucracy is obstructing people from claiming their rights. Even the Kerala High Court expressed concern over the recurrent incidents in which common man’s life left to peril in the formalities on Red Tape.
Reny Ayline, NCHRO National Secretary and Vilayodi Shivankutty, NCHRO Kerala Chapter President visited the bereaved family of Sajan, expressed their deepest condolences to his family and friends. The family experiencing all kinds of difficult and emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, and profound sadness.
NCHRO demands a full, impartial and independent investigation and ensures the victims’ right to truth and justice so that all those responsible for this tragic incident, including the top officials are brought to justice. There should be a real accountability mechanism for public-sector bureaucrats. The regulatory landscape should not be burdensome, confusing and restrictive. The thousands upon thousands of red-tape-filled regulations should be eased. The state officials and bureaucrats must conscious that every human being has the inherent right to life and the right to life is undoubtedly the most fundamental of all rights.