KSHRC chairperson to be appointed soon

KSHRC chairperson to be appointed soon

KSHRC chairperson to be appointed soon

Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs T B Jayachandra on Tuesday said the chairperson for Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) will be appointed within 15 days.

He said a panel which includes chief minister, leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Speaker and law minister will select the new chairperson before December 17.

 “Though five names were proposed earlier, none was ready to accept the post. Now, three candidates have been shortlisted and one of them might agree,” the minister said.

The announcement came at a World Human Rights Day programme after some activists staged a protest against the delay in appointing a chairperson for the Commission.

The protesters alleged that more than 15,000 cases were pending before the KSHRC and, this too was a violation of human rights.

The post of chairperson for KSHRC has been lying vacant since July 25, 2012 after Justice SR Nayak retired.

"It has been six months since I assumed office. Since then, I have tried several times to appoint a Chairperson. It is not that we do not want to make appointment to that post. But the procedure involved is long," said Jayachandra.

Only a retired chief justice of the high court or a Supreme Court judge can be appointed to the post.

Delivering the keynote address at the event, Justice S Rajendra Babu said, “Poverty is one of the worst forms of human rights violation.

We must, as responsible people, ensure that a minimum standard of health, education, sanitation and food must be provided to all. Our problem is that we are not capable of enforcing the rights we speak of."

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