HC petitioned for facilities to KSHRC

The petitioner, South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (Sichrem) has submitted that the State Government had neglected the Commission in providing infrastructure and funds.

The Commission functions from a small 4,500 sq feet space against the required 20,000 sq ft area. The staff provided is abysmal - of the total 491 personnel requested for by the Commission, the Government has sanctioned only 105 posts.  The sanctioned posts too have not been filled by the Commission for want of space. Only 77 employees are presently working in the commission, 52 on contract basis and 25 on deputation, according to the petition.

Siji Malayil, the counsel for the petitioner submitted that during the year 2010-2011, SHRC received 23,000 cases of which 5,000 were suo motu. “But there are only two people to receive complaints. The Commission is unable to address human rights issues in rural areas due to lack of infrastructure,” he said.

Stating that the cadre and recruitment rules of the staff of the commission were not yet notified by the Government, the counsel submitted that even the plans of the Commission to set up branches in six police ranges of the State were in the cold storage.
He submitted that despite the budgetary allocation of Rs seven crore in 2010-11, Government had released only 2.25 crore till date.

The petitioner has sought directions to the State Government to extend its co-operation to the Commission and provide adequate infrastructure at the earliest.

The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen ordered notice to the State Government and directed to file affidavit within two weeks.

Stay vacated
The High Court has vacated the stay on relieving the in-service doctors selected for higher studies.

Justice Bhaktavatasala, earlier this month, had granted an interim stay following a petition by Dr Anil Kumar, who had sought directions to make six years service mandatory to take up post graduate studies.

The petitioner had challenged the new list of candidates selected by the government alleging irregularities in the process.

He had stated that though the rules make six years service mandatory, candidates who do not meet the criteria were also in the list.

Justice Mohan Shantanagoudar, who vacated the stay stated that the doctors can be relieved from service to join the courses, subject to the result of the writ petition.
“Since the six-year service rule does not apply to the candidates other than those of the  year 2006-07, the conditions cannot be imposed on them,”

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