NHRC is doing excellent job, says Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India on the Commission's 24th Foundation Day today (12.10.2017)
New Delhi, 12th October, 2017
Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India lauded the National Human Rights Commission's efforts towards promotion and protection of human rights and said that it is doing an excellent job. He said that it is because of its efforts that awareness about human rights has increased and so the number of complaints registered with it. He was speaking as the Chief Guest at a function organized in New Delhi by the NHRC to celebrate its 24th Foundation Day.
Referring to the Supreme Court's recent judgment recognizing the right to privacy as a human right, Justice Misra said that the range of human rights has been expanding. The NHRC and State Human Rights Commissions should agitate before courts if on an issue of human rights violation, the public authorities do not comply with their recommendations. He said that mutual respect for each other's rights should be valued.
Earlier addressing the gathering, Mr. Justice H. L. Dattu, Chairperson, NHRC said that by adopting human rights as a way of life, a fundamental change can be brought about to eradicate the scourge of poverty, ignorance, prejudices and discrimination based on sex, caste, religion, disability and other forms in society.
Justice Dattu highlighted various activities of the Commission and the new initiatives taken as part of its consistent endeavor to make people aware and engage them towards promotion and protection of human rights. In this context, apart from other activities of the Commission, he also highlighted the NHRC's Short Film Award Scheme, which has generated tremendous response .
Justice Dattu also said that in order to strengthen human rights protection mechanism, the Commission has further streamlined complaint management system and expanded the scope of its activities to maximize its outreach.
Earlier Mr. Ambuj Sharma, Secretary General, NHRC in his welcome address highlighted the role of the Commission in ushering in human rights culture in the country and the way it has been relentlessly making efforts to create an enabling environment for promotion and protection of various human rights including socio, political, economic and culture rights, through its broad based mandate.
On the occasion Justice Misra also gave away awards to the four winners of Hindi Essay Competition, organized by the NHRC, for the persons belonging to SC, ST and Other Backward Communities. Nine children were also given awards for their paintings in three categories on different themes related to human rights. On the occasion, two meritorious children of NHRC employees, having secured more than 90% marks in class 10th and 12th in 2017, were also rewarded apart from the six awards shared by the NHRC officials in the category of vocal and instrumental music.
Marking the joyous celebrations of the Foundation Day of the Commission, its officers and staff presented a medley of cultural show followed by an ensemble by the performances by artists from the Song and Drama Division.