All decks were cleared for setting up a state human rights commission in Jharkhand after the Governor’s advisory council, at its first meeting held here on Sunday, approved rules for appointment of the proposed commission’s chairperson, members and officials.
As per the approved rules, the governor would appoint commission’s chairperson and three members on the basis of recommendations of a four-member selection committee, comprising chief minister, speaker, minister in-charge of home portfolio and the leader of opposition.
“The commission will have three members and one chairperson. Any retired chief justice of High Court can be appointed chairperson of the commission, while one post of member will be filled by any retired or serving judge of the high court,” the state’s Cabinet Secretary Aditya Swaroop told Hindustan Times while briefing about the approved rules.
“The second post of member will be filled by any retired or serving district judge-rank judicial officer, while third post will go to a person having expertise in the area of human rights,” Swaroop said.
The appointment of chairperson and members would be done for a term of five years. They would seize to function as soon as they would complete term of five year or reach the age of 70 years, he said.
As per the provisions laid in the Protection of Human Rights Act-1993, all states ought to have a human rights commission. Such commissions are already in existence in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal and neighbouring Bihar.
A writ petition demanding the setting up of a human rights commission in Jharkhand is also pending before the high court.
The Governor’s advisory council, which functions like state cabinet during the President’s Rule, also gave its nod to a health department’s proposal to increase stipend money of interns of state’s three medical colleges to Rs. 7,000 per month from the existing Rs. 5,000.
The interns getting training at the Ranchi-based Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Jamshedpur-based MGM Medical College and the Dhanbad-based Patliputra Medical College would get an stipend of Rs. 7,000 per month with effect from April 1, 2010.
The advisory council meeting was presided over by the Governor M O H Farook, while all three advisors- Vijay Shankar Dubey, Rajiv Ranjan Prasad and Wilfred Lakra- were present at the meeting.
In another decision, the council approved a rural development department’s proposal to create altogether 11 posts, including one post of block development officer (BDO), for the recently created block Haidernagar in Palamu district.