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Agnivesh for concerted efforts

india Updated: Dec 18, 2006 23:28 IST
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SOCIAL ACTIVIST and Bandhua Mukti Morcha president Swami Agnivesh on Sunday said that all non-government organisations should form a grand alliance to develop a common minimum programme to stop practices like female foeticide.

Speaking on the concluding day of the two-day national seminar on the ‘role of media and NGOs in the protection and promotion of human rights jointly organised by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Indore Press Club, he said he would soon call upon soon religious heads of different faiths to unite for this cause. He asked the Commission to reach out to tribals and the downtrodden to generate awareness on human rights among them.

In his address, Indore High Court bench judge Justice S L Kochar said that media and NHRC have a great responsibility in protecting human rights. “Food, education and healthcare are needed for an all-round development of a person. The media and NGOs should keep a watch so as to make sure that government is providing these facilities to all. The media should probe the irregularities and inform about them to NHRC. The biggest hurdle in an effective implementation of welfare scheme is corruption,” he remarked. 

He expressed concern over commercialisation of education and charitable trusts and stressed that quality education should be made accessible to all.

Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das emphasized on improving the condition and women and children, which, he said, are victims of major human right violations.

He called upon the NGOs to coordinate with the government in effectively implementing welfare schemes. Others who addressed the meet included Professor Girishwar Mishra from Delhi University, journalists Vijay Shankar Mehta, Vikas Mshra and Prakash Hindustani.

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