New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released a commemorative postal stamp and cover to mark the silver jubilee of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at a function organized at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. He also launched the new version of the NHRC website.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the role of the commission in building awareness towards the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. He said that the protection of human rights has been an important part of our culture.
He said that after independence, elements such as an independent and impartial judiciary; an active media; an active civil society, and organizations such as NHRC are in place to protect human rights.
The Prime Minister said that human rights should not be merely a slogan, but also a part of our ethos. He said that the government is committed to working for a just and equitable society ensuring people’s welfare and protection of their rights.
He said that in the last four years or so, a lot of serious efforts have been made to improve the quality of life of the poor. He said that the Government’s focus has been to ensure that all Indians have access to the basic needs of human beings.
In this context, he mentioned the achievements of schemes such as Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan, Pradhan MantriAwaasYojana, UjjwalaYojana, and SaubhagyaYojana; and the transformation that has been brought about in the lives of the people as a result of these schemes.
The Prime Minister said that the role of NHRC is also crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Earlier, the Union Home Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh said that the NHRC holds a very important position in the institutional framework of India.
NHRC Chairperson HL Dattu said that the Commission’s constant endeavour over the last 25 years has been to make itself as accessible to the people as possible. It has developed a wide range of mechanism to oversee the human rights situation in the country. The phenomenal increase in the number of complaints received each year reflects the extent of its reach across the country.