5 lakh pension cases of widows, destitutes, disabled pending: SHRC chairperson

5 lakh pension cases of widows, destitutes, disabled pending: SHRC chairperson
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CUK’s holds training programme on human rights

Srinagar: Five lakh applications of widows, physically challenged and destitute persons, seeking monthly pension of Rs 1000, under various schemes, are pending with the state government, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Chairperson, Justice Bilal Ahmad Nazki Tuesday said.
“From the year 2009 till date, no application has been sanctioned and no pension has been granted to such persons,” Justice Nazki said while addressing the participants during a day long Basic Training Programme on Human Rights organised by the School of Legal Studies, Central University of Kashmir (CUK), in association with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), at Nowgam-I academic block of the varsity.
He said the rights of five lakh people “have been violated” continuously from 2009 till date, adding that, due to efforts of SHRC, pension for 50,000 people have now been sanctioned.
He said the commission deals with the human rights violations associated with police and security forces and also with the rights violation committed by others, “which are more predominant”.
He said the protection of human rights in the third world countries and in India was not an easy task.
“The protection of human rights has to be done by various institutions at different levels,” he said.
Justice Nazki said that one of the biggest criticism, the Commissions face in India is that their recommendations are not binding on the respective governments, adding that with the passage of time, the law does evolve and cited the Judgment of Allahabad High Court, wherein it was stated the recommendations of the Commissions are binding on the state governments, and the same judgment is pending in the Supreme Court.
Delivering the presidential address, Vice-Chancellor, CUK, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, said the concept and observance Human Rights was deeply ingrained in our ancestors despite the fact that they had never read it in any book or constitution.
“They were extremely conscious about the human rights and used to implement them in letter and spirit,” Prof. Mir said, adding that the ancestors and our forefathers used to implement the human rights first in their homes and then with the neighbors.
He said that at present the human rights are enshrined in different constitutions of various countries and are talked about by different leaders, but they are seldom implemented.