Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the government will change the Standard operating procedure(SOP) for issuing No objection certificates to organ transplant applicants after kidney racket was busted in the state.
Four people were arrested and 15 cases emerged where poor people have sold their kidneys to organ trafficking network.
CM Sarma admitted that the issue is sensitive and said that the police is investigating the case.
The Kidney racketeers has been targeting the poor people and convinced them to sell their kidney in exchange of money.
CM Sarma said, “Police have registered cases and started investigation into the matter. We have got 15 victims so far with proper investigation and we can bust the whole racket which has been thriving in Assam.”
He said, “The Kolkata based hospital’s name has come because most people from Assam go to that hospital. It is not because of the hospital. If you see, the entire racket is happening in Assam.”
“We have to see the complexity. In organ transplants, you can donate organs; the question here is transaction. The victims have said they have been told about money; the law is clear that you cannot sell organs. This needs to be looked into. Our committee looks into bank account and lifestyle and if they don’t find anything suspicious they issue the NOC. We will now issue a new SOP for granting the NOC,” CM Sarma said.
Sarma further added, “We have to find the people who received organs. It is a delicate issue. Some of the beneficiaries might be in death bed. We cannot investigate these cases like we investigate militant cases.”
The kidney racket was busted in Morigaon district of Assam and after that many such cases have come to light from upper Assam districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia.
Meanwhile, Dibrugarh police registered a case and started investigation into the matter.
The kidney racket has been thriving in tea garden areas of upper Assam. It has been found that many tea garden workers have sold their kidneys in exchange of money. Most of the families were in debt and they sell the kidney to return the debt.
Meanwhile, Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS), has constituted a high level committee to investigate the matter. The team will visit the tea gardens and try to unearth the illegal racket.