NHRC wants full jurisdiction over JK
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, July 25: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which has negligible jurisdiction over human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, wants the limitation to be removed, particularly against the backdrop of recent allegations of transgressions in Kashmir.
The NHRC chairman K G Balakrishnan said the extension of NHRC jurisdiction in the state would not amount to any interference in the state's matters but would be beneficial to the common people who could have recourse to better redress of grievances. "J&K is also part of the country... It will be better if the NHRC gets jurisdiction in all the subjects in Jammu and Kashmir," the former Chief Justice of India told PTI in an interview here.
"I am not recommending it, I wish," he said, hinting that the limitations were binding the hands of the NHRC in providing succor to people of the valley who could have grievances on account of human rights. "We are not going to enforce anything there. We will only be helping administrators to have a smooth functioning, good governance, and (ensure) less violation of human rights," Balakrishnan said.
At present, the NHRC has limited jurisdiction in Jammu and Kashmir, covering subjects under Central and concurrent lists of the constitution and not the state list there. Because of this, the state government has refused to entertain directions or notices from it in a number of cases.
Asked who should take initiative in this regard, Balakrishnan said either the state government or Parliament could do that. "J&K government can also initiate. In consultation with the state government, Parliament can think of extending the NHRC Act to all subjects," he said.
On whether government should consider this keeping in view the benefit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, he said, "It is for the Parliament to take a view. People of J&K should also feel like that because of the peculiar situation in the state. Administrators and state (government) should also (take a view)."
Asked if he would press the government to consider extending jurisdiction of the Commission to the state, he replied, "I can only say it is better that the NHRC gets jurisdiction in all subjects."
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