NHRC's One Day Open Hearing-cum-Camp Sitting concludes at Puducherry (16.12.2016)


Puducherry, 16th December, 2016

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) held its one day Open Hearing-cum-Camp Sitting at Puducherry today, the 16th December, 2016. The event provided an opportunity to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to present their grievances about violation of human rights and an opportunity to the Commission to ameliorate and redress their grievances for ensuring better protection of human rights.

The meeting began with a welcome address by the Chief Secretary, Puducherry followed by an address by the Secretary General, NHRC and the Hon'ble Chairperson, NHRC. This was followed by an open hearing in which 17 cases were taken up. The Commission was able to dispose of nine cases after considering the submissions made by the complainants and the concerned Union Territory Authorities. In one case of prima facie violation of human rights, the Commission issued show cause notice u/s 18 of the PHR Act, 1993 to the Chief Secretary, Government of Puducherry and in seven other cases further reports were called for from the concerned authorities within the time schedule prescribed.

The meeting was followed by an interaction with the NGOs and officials of the State Government. The NGOs shared their concerns particularly on certain important aspects of human rights such as care and treatment of mentally ill persons, bonded labour, child labour, structural discrimination and excesses by the authorities.

The meeting concluded with an interaction with the Senior Officers of the Union Territory wherein the concerns expressed by the NGOs were shared along with focus on prompt submission of response to the notices issued by the Commission, implementation of the flagship programmes as well as the various guidelines issued by the Commission.