MUMBAI: The National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) held a review meeting in Mumbai on Thursday. Representatives of various NGOs pointed out that the chairperson of the state human rights commission had not been appointed by the state government. The commission was also informed that the meeting of the state vigilance committee had not taken place for a long time.Social activist Medha Patkar apprised the commission of the subhuman conditions in which slum dwellers were living”. She said that Section 5 of the Slums Act was not being implemented properly and basic amenities were not available to hutment dwellers. She also alleged massive corruption in the implementation of the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme and urged the commission to make an inquiry into the housing rights of Dalits.Another NGO brought to the notice of the Commission that the Tanta Mukti Scheme which had been launched by an executive order was prejudicial to the interests of the Scheduled Castes” because these people allegedly have no voice at the village level. They claimed that decisions were taken under the influence of upper caste persons.The chief secretary of the government of Maharashtra promised to look into all issues and take corrective action where needed. He also assured that an appraisal of the Tanta Mukti Scheme would be conducted, and if it was working against the interests of SCs. The director general of police, Maharashtra, informed the commission that a circular for the strict compliance of Section 154 CrPC had been already issued. He assured that the circular would be re-sent and that necessary directions would be given to police officers at the district level.