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NHRC turns 25, PM attends silver jubilee foundation day function

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The National Commission, which has served as a "of democracy" and has been part of some landmark cases in which its intervention had significant impact, completed 25 years on Friday.

Addressing the Silver Jubilee function at the Vigyan Bhawan here, said the government is committed to improve the lives of people by ensuring their rights.

A commemorative first day postal cover and stamp were released on the occasion, and a new version of the commission's website was also launched,

a senior NHRC said.

Besides, the prime minister, and Union (Independent Charge) for Communications also attended the function on Friday.

The commission, which was established on October 12, 1993 under the Protection of the (PHR) Act, 1993, has lined up a host of activities till Sunday to mark the anniversary.

Disposal of more than 17 lakh cases, payment of more than one billion rupees to the victims of violations by various state agencies on the recommendations of the Commission and more than 750 on-spot inquiries cap the 25 years of NHRC's work for the cause, the said.

The rights panel has five members, including the chairperson, who deliberate upon cases put before them. Currently, two posts of members are vacant, he said.

The NHRC, in the run up to the jubilee, has already hosted a number of programmes, including an international conclave on human rights, panel discussion on role of media in context of human rights, painting competition and slogan and logo making contest.

The panel had recently unveiled its special silver jubilee logo and also commissioned a documentary, titled 'NHRC: 25 years, Billion Hopes' capturing the 25 years of its journey, from its humble beginning in Sardar Patel Bhawan.

"The film captures the journey of the NHRC from its humble beginning in 1993 to its present stature, references some of the landmark cases in which NHRC's intervention had made significant impact and the back story of how the redressal system works," the senior said.

Housed in a modern high-rise building complex -- Manav Adhikar Bhawan -- in south Delhi, it has received "over 17.5 lakh grievances" from people across the country since its inception, with the most being from The has been illuminated to mark the occasion.

Some of the cases referred to in the film include the Nandigram violence in West Bengal, Salwa Judum-related incidents in and the issue of silicosis.

The NHRC either takes suo motu cognisance of cases through or complaint filed by a victim or any other person on his or her behalf or on the basis of reports received from the police department, as in the case of encounters, where the police, as per the guidelines are supposed to inform the commission.

In recent times, the rights panel has taken cognisance of the case of killing of 10 people in police firing during anti-Sterlite protest in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, and intervened in the case of killing of after an appeal via press by a network of editors and that had urged the NHRC and the to push for a swift probe into the case.

It has also sent notices to the Centre and the of the SAIL over the death of 11 workers in a recent blast at the major's in

As part of the extended jubilee celebrations, on Saturday the Commission is organizing a 'Human Rights Mela' and 'Human Rights Street Theatre Festival' at the amphitheatre in Connaught Place, and 'Human Rights Walk' on Sunday to generate awareness about various aspects of human rights.

In 2016, NHRC H L Dattu, on the occasion of its foundation day, had pitched for vesting it with "more power", saying the rights should "roar like a tiger".

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 19:55 IST