Bhubaneswar, Oct 27 (LocalWire)) Hit by vacancies, disposal of litigations in Orissa Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is moving at snail’s pace.
The rights panel has 69 sanctioned posts of which 27 are lying vacant including that of the all important post of OHRC chairman’s private secretary to assist the rights protection body.
There is pendency of 15,000 rights violation cases at the panel which now manages to dispose of only 10 per cent of the litigations annually, according to official sources.
A group of lawyers – Biswapriya Kanungo, Bijay Kumar Panda, Golekh Prasad Nayak and Subhasis Panda- have sought intervention of the governor to fill up the vacant posts.
“The disposal of pending cases could only be speeded up once the vacant posts are filled up. The OHRC chairman is without a private secretary while 26 other posts are lying vacant.
This affects official works like maintenance of case records and its documentation as over 39 per cent posts are not filled up”, said Kanungo.
A sum of Rs 2.20 crore is spent every year towards the functioning of the rights panel.
On an average, Rs 15,000 is being spent for each litigation lodged with the commission.
But, the very purpose of litigants knocking at the doors of the commission is getting defeated because of the abysmally poor rate of case disposal, he said.
Majority of petitioners are victims of human rights violations with over 3,000 cases pertaining to allegations against police.
The petitioners plead for speedy justice and prompt disposals of their cases but the panel is hamstrung due to existing vacancies.
The OHRC is empowered to take sou moto cognizance of human rights violation cases.