NHRC, India Chairperson Mr. Justice H. L. Dattu inaugurates the Webcast service of the Commission with the re-launch of its Advanced video conferencing system. (31.12.2018)

New Delhi, 31st December, 2018

Mr. Justice H. L. Dattu, Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, India today inaugurated the webcast service of the Commission (http://webcast.gov.in/nhrc/) with the re-launch of its Advanced videoconferencing system, which will facilitate a dialogue with various stakeholders from different parts of the country. The webcast will be an added feature to the all user friendly website of the Commission, recently launched by Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India on the Foundation Day of the NHRC on the 12thOctober, 2018. This will help the NHRC to connect with the people through the live telecast of its various activities on time to time.

Addressing the gathering at a brief ceremony at the Commission’s headquarters in New Delhi, The NHRC Chairperson said that the Silver Jubilee is a milestone not only in the journey of the Commission but also a cause for celebration of human rights protection mechanism in our great nation. In this connection, the Commission organized a series of events and activities, primarily, aiming at involving people’s participation in the promotion and protection of human rights. Because, the Commission believes that institutions can only motivate and provide support and moral courage to the people to guide them in the path of valuing human rights but efforts have to be made by themselves to walk on this path.

He said that Online Human Rights Pledge, Short Films on Human Rights Competition, Human Rights Street Theatre Festival, Walk for Human Rights, Painting, Slogan and Logo Designing competitions, Open Forum Discussions, Dialogue with media, besides various seminars, conferences, Open Hearings and Camp Sittings are some of the programmes of the NHRC to connect directly with the people.

Integration of NHRC’s online complaint filing system with the Common Service Centres and starting of a Toll Free Number 14433 are the latest steps in line with the Commission’s various silver jubilee initiatives to expand its outreach.

He said that in a country of about 1.3 billion people, the NHRC’s humble efforts to build awareness about human rights may not be sufficient but added that he was sure that with the support of civil society, legislature, judiciary, executive as well as media, the echo of the Commission’s efforts will be amplified for the betterment of society as a whole to reckon with. The NHRC Chairperson said that he said so, because the intent of the Commission to expand its outreach to every nook and corner of the country may fall short of its own expectations given the limited manpower, financial and infrastructure resources unless supported in good earnest by all the stakeholders.

He expressed the hope that various national and State Commissions, as well as the State Human Rights Commissions, catering to the requirements of protecting the rights and welfare of different segments of our society, would, by their pro-active approach, augment the efforts of the National Human Rights Commission, India. We have to work together for prevention of human rights violations by inculcating respect for them as a cultural value.

NHRC Members, Mr. Justice P.C. Ghose, Mrs. Jyotika Kalra, Secretary General, Mr. Ambuj Sharma, Mr. Gurbachan Singh, Director General(Investigation) and other senior officers and staff were present. The winners of NHRC badminton Competition were also awarded on the occasion by Justice Dattu and Justice Ghose.