SHRC complains lack of trained staff, infra

An annual report of the State Human Right Commission (JKSHRC) has revealed the lack of proper infrastructure and trained staff with the Commission.
The report of 2016-17 prepared by Justice Bilal Nazki, Chairperson of SHRC and member Jung Bahadur Singh Jamwal was tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
“The commission is working without computerization and it is a sorry state of affairs when whole of India is becoming digital. We have not even our own website,” reads the SHRC report.
It further added that people cannot approach the Commission though website as computerization has not taken place. “We have to maintain files manually and when request was made to NIC, they gave a project report. The project needs some money. A request was also made to the government but so far there is no response,” it said in the report.
It states that the Commission has to do quasi judicial function and files have to be maintained as they are maintained in the courts. The staff at the Commission has been drawn from various departments and police organization and staff is not trained for maintaining the files of the Commission, it added.
“It is even difficult to prepare this report in absence of trained staff. The Government had been request to sanction a post of Registrar/Joint Registrar but there has been no response to the request. We want to place on record that much needs to be done so far as other spheres of the working of the Commission are concerned. First and foremost being that funds under additional budget/revised budget are not allotted which hampers the smooth functioning of the Commission.”
To overcome the financial constraints, the Commission has been repeatedly requesting the Government to allot the funds in the shape of grants as provided under section 21 of the Act.
The SHRC has sought that the post of secretary of the Commission should be “upgraded for which the communication stands already forwarded to the Law Department.” “ It has been observed in number of cases, assistance of well versed/reported law knowing persons is required in the Commission. For this purpose, an Additional Advocate General be posted in this Commission,” the report read.