SHRC Chairman too has pending woes

SHRC Chairman too has pending woes

26,000 cases registered; govt neglecting recommendations; shortage of staff

clarification: State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Chairman Jusitce S R Nayak explaining a point to ACICM Convenor M Lakshmana, in Mysore on Friday. Former deputy mayor Pushpavalli is seen. DH photoHe disclosed these shortcomings at an interactive session with representatives of various organisations at the Jaladarshini Guest House here on Friday.

Mentioning that he was hurt at the accusations made against him, Justice Nayak said that the commission needs atleast 500 personnel and funds to the tune of  ` 7.5 crore for functioning effectively.

However, the State Government had failed to provide staff and at present only 105 members are working for the commission. Also it has released only ` 2.15 crore funds, he added.

He said that lack of office space was also causing a major hindrance to the commission.

Justice Nayak said that the commission has registered 26,000 cases from July 25, 2007 until now. Based on newspaper and media reports, the commission had registered an additional 5,000 cases. However, to bring the guilty to book, the commission is facing serious problems including shortage of staff and facilities as each case takes about six to eight weeks.

Lashing out at the State Government, Justice Nayak said that the government had failed to set up a unit of the SHRC in all districts. Continuing he said that the government had neglected 75 per cent of the recommendations made to provide compensation. Furthermore, it has failed to take action against the wrongdoers. He said that the government is responsible for the lack of staff, funds and land.

Pointing out that he was an ordinary man, Justice Nayak said that he was doing his job with complete honesty by using the available resources to the maximum. Justice Nayak said that he had repeatedly mentioned that it was impossible to work with the limited resources that were available.

Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM) Convenor M Lakshmana said that several complaints to the commission have gone unnoticed, forcding them to stage a protest. He urged the SHRC chairman to take action at the earliest.