'Other states looking up to K'taka SHRC as example'

More than 15,000 cases disposed by the commission until April end

Addressing district administration officials and mediapersons at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Justice Nayak said that the SHRC had been performing to the best of its abilities, since its inception.

Giving out a description of the work undertaken by the SHRC until the end of April 2011 Justice Nayak said that it had registered 25,991 cases and 5,203 cases suo motu.
Of these 15,243 cases had been disposed.

In Mysore District alone, 1,300 cases had been registered by the SHRC and 800 of these had been disposed.

Disclosing that more than 2.5 lakh persons were without land in the district, Justice Nayak said that 94,878 people were without houses. Also the district had more than 5.75 lakh BPL card holders.

He said that each and every person with BPL cards are denied of one or other form of facility to lead a dignified life.

Importance

Explaining the importance of the commission, Justice Nayak said that instead of questioning the SHRC for being slow in disposing, people should question the State Government for failing to provide the required resources.

Expressing the conundrum faced, he said that the commission had demanded 20,000 sq ft office space for its head office in Bangalore. However, the State Government had given only 4,500 sq ft - that too in three installments.

Of the 491 posts needed for the effective functioning of the commission, only 105 posts had been approved. Of these only 76 posts were filled comprising 25 officers on deputation and the remaining 51 purely on contract basis.

He said that the remaining posts were not filled up as they lacked office space to seat the personnel.

“Our officers sit on the corridors with chairs and tables to do their work,” he added.
Pointing out that the commission can only send recommendations to the State, he demanded that the people question the State Government for failing to act on the commission’s decisions.

Earlier, he provided an insight into the importance of Human Rights to the district administration officials.

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