The Haryana governor, Jagannath Pahadia, has emphasised that getting a clean, efficient, transparent and honest administration is a fundamental right of the citizens, and its negation amounts of violation of human rights.
Inaugurating a seminar organised by the Haryana Human Rights Commission (HHRC) in Kurukshetra on Wednesday to sensitise revenue officers of the state government on human rights, Pahadia called upon officers to become more sensitive towards human rights of individuals.
Appreciating the efforts made by the HHRC in creating awareness among revenue officials, Pahadia said it was vital as this department dealt directly with people. Officials must ensure that no wrong entry is made in the records and work is done in a transparent manner and on time to enable people to develop faith in the administration. Steps should be taken to ensure that they do not suffer.
Referring to development policies and welfare schemes launched by the state government, HHRC chairman justice (retd) Vijender Jain said these had been evolved keeping in mind the human angle. Like the UPA government at the Centre, the Haryana government has also implemented the Right to Information, MGNREGA, Right to Education and Right to Food in the state. These are important programmes from the point of view of human rights, he added.
Lauding the activities of the HHRC during the short period of about eight months since its constitution, Jain expressed the confidence that it would set an example for others. Jain said this was the third seminar organised by the commission to sensitise officers of the revenue department. The first seminar was organised for the police department at Panchkula and second in Gurgaon.
In a democracy, government is formed by the votes of people and, in turn, the voters want a government in which officers work in a transparent manner and there is no corruption, he said.
"One wrong entry in land records can create problems for an individual. Its rectification generally takes long time and it is this delay that violates human rights of the individual," he added.
He expressed the hope that the seminar would bring about a change in the thinking and mindset of officials.