Minister for Rural Development Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice Abdul Haq on Sunday said the concept of human approach and human centric policies put forth by former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed through “Healing Touch Policy” has been the guiding force for the current dispensation to ensure no human rights violations take place in the state.
Speaking on a function organized by the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) at SKICC, here today, the minister said the government is committed to strengthen and empower SHRC so that it can function independently and help in protecting human rights and provide justice to the aggrieved persons.
He said the last member retired from the Commission in 2014 and soon after government took oath, they started the process of empowering SHRC by appointing its Chairman and Members.
The Law Minister said the present dispensation headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, has been taking all steps needed to carry forward the philosophy of healing touch as introduced by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to ensure protection of rights and dignity of the common masses.
He said the Govt’s amnesty policy and subsequent withdrawal of cases of first time offenders is a display of good faith of the government towards its consistent belief in the process of peace and reconciliation.
He said these initiatives would go a long way to change the political discourse from the narrative of conflict to reconciliation and will help to build a conducive atmosphere in the state. Abdul Haq said the Government has made it imperative that all safeguards are in place with standard operating procedure (SOP) being observed while dealing with law and order situations. Alongside other initiatives, the Government has also taken proactive steps to promote sense of respect for women and children.
Speaking about the strengthening of Criminal Justice System in the state, the Minister said the government is mulling to strengthen the justice system to ensure that justice is delivered to the people of the state well in time and in this regard various measures are being taken including having dedicated investigation officers in Police so that foolproof investigations are conducted to ensure justice. He said this will ensure that people may not be forced to knock the door of SHRC if they get justice in normal courts.
Chairman SHRC Justice Bilal Nazki while delivering his speech called for support from all the stakeholders including press, police and the civil administration so that human rights issues will be resolved with accountability. He commended the cooperation being provided by the civil and police administration in the functioning of the commission.
He said the Commission received 7929 complaints this year out of which 6420 complaints were disposed off.
DGP said that directions have been given to every Police station to hold Police-Public meet in once a month so that good relation are maintained with the people.