'Recommendations of SHRC are neglected by Govt'

'Recommendations of SHRC are neglected by Govt'

State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Chairman Justice S R Nayak came down heavily on the BJP government for ignoring the recommendations made by the SHRC.

Addressing a press conference after receiving complaints at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office here on Saturday, Nayak said the Central government responds positively to the recommendations made by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and implements each one of them properly. However, “it is unfortunate that most of the recommendations made by the SHRC were ignored and the State government show disregard to the Commission,” he lamented.

Nayak said a proposal to set up State Human Rights Commission units in all districts was sent to the government three years ago, but it has not been considered so far.
“SHRC units necessary in each taluks or atleast in district headquarters,” he added.
Staff shortage.

Nayak said that the government has sanctioned only 105 posts for the SHRC for the entire State while the sanctioned posts is 491. “We could fill only 76 posts so far as the SHRC office building in Bangalore lack sufficient space. It is very pathetic that some employees in the SHRC office are forced to work on corridors even without tables,” he lamented.

The investigation wing requires atleast 12 SPs, 12 DySPs, 24 Inspectors, but the government has not sanctioned the posts, he said adding that the SHRC fails to conduct inquiry into cases on time due to the shortage of staff.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the messy political situation, he said that the development of the State has been stalled due to the instability in the government. “The anti-defection law should be strengthened to check the horse trading in the State,” he added.

952 cases in DK

Nayak said that the SHRC has registered a total of 952 cases in Dakshina Kannada district between July 25, 2007 and October 30, 2010, wherein 450 cases were already solved. Dakshina Kannada is the second district in the State, next to Bangalore, with large number of human rights violation cases, he added.

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