KSHRC facing staff shortage: KSHRC Chief

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Mangalore, Mar 28 (UNI) Karnataka State Human Rights Commission is (KSHRC) facing shortage of staff, Commission Chairman Mr Justice S R Nayak said today.

Talking to newspersons here, he said ''there is shortage of staff in the Commission, which is at present functioning with an IGP cadre official and a Chairman.'' Mr Justice Nayak said the Commission had requested the government to provide two SP cadre, four Dy SPs, six inspectors, six sub-inspectors, 16 head constables, three drivers and 24 police constables.

He said the Commission had met successive Chief Ministers, including Mr Kumaraswamy, Mr B S Yeddyurappa and even the Governor seeking required personnel.

The Commission had drafted the staff rules and submitted it to the government, he said adding that the shortage of staff made the Commission work ineffectively since there were many complaints from every nook and corner of the state.

Stating that the Commission was functioning in a small premises, he said ''the Commission needs a space of about 2,000 sqft and we had requested the Kumaraswamy government to provide 'Park House', (Old KPSC building) near Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore, for which order was passed then but still it was not received by us.'' He said of the 1,839 cases the Commission had received since its inception in July 2007, 772 cases were rejected and the remaining were taken up for further inquiry.

The Commission had itself filed 91 suo moto cases based on the reports of newspapers, which included atrocities on Dalits.

He said manual scavenging, which was banned by the Centre and the Human Rights Commission, was still on in the state.

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