PM Modi inaugurates Silver Jubilee celebrations of NHRC; Says govt committed to improve lives of people by ensuring their rights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the National Human Rights Commission has an important role to play in government’s efforts to achieve sustainable development goals. Addressing an event in New Delhi to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the NHRC, Mr. Modi said the government is committed to improving the lives of people by ensuring their rights.

Prime Minister said NHRC has acted as the voice of the weaker sections and played an important role in the nation-building. He said during the last four years, serious efforts have been made to raise the dignity of the oppressed section of the society.  He said, during the dark period of emergency, human rights were violated but people of the country worked hard to regain these rights.

On the occasion, Mr. Modi issued a Postage Stamp and Special Cover. He also launched the new version of the NHRC website, which is more user-friendly and accessible to persons with special needs.

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications Manoj Sinha was also present on the occasion.

NHRC:

It is a statutory body established in 1993.

Composition:

It consists of a Chairman and 4 members. The chairman should be a retired Chief Justice of India. Members should be either sitting or retired judges of the Supreme Court or a serving or retired Chief Justice of a High Court and 2 persons having practical knowledge in this field.

Ex officio members are the chairmen of National Commission for Scheduled Caste, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, National Commission for Minorities and National Commission for Women.

Appointment:

The chairman and members are appointed on the recommendation of a 6 member committee consisting of Prime Minister, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, leaders of opposition in both the houses of parliament and Union Home Minister.

Term: Term of the chairman and members is 5 years or 70 years whichever is earlier. After retirement, they are not eligible for further reappointment.

Removal: President has to refer the matter to Supreme Court and if after inquiry Supreme Court holds it right then they can be removed by the President.

Other facts:

  • Its recommendations are just advisory and not binding in nature.
  • The commission is not empowered to inquire into matters which were committed one year before.
  • It submits an Annual report to the Central government and to the concerned state governments.
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