‘Government officials should strive to check human rights violations’

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SOUND ADVICE: Director-General of the Administrative Training Institute, Mysore, Amita Prasad, addressing officials in Madikeri on Monday.
SOUND ADVICE: Director-General of the Administrative Training Institute, Mysore, Amita Prasad, addressing officials in Madikeri on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

Programme on human rights begins at District Training Institute

Madikeri: Government officials and staff should strive to control the incidents involving human rights violations in the State, Director-General of the Administrative Training Institute, Mysore, Amita Prasad, said here on Monday.

She was inaugurating a three-day programme on human rights at the District Training Institute here involving more than 30 gazetted officers of the Government, a press release said.

Despite constitutional guarantee that all citizens of the country enjoyed equal rights, violations were reported every now and then. Every citizen had the right to live peacefully, Ms. Prasad said.

The Government and the community as a whole should remain vigilant against human rights violations, she said and added that everyone enjoyed the right to education, health and livelihood, among others. Protecting human rights would enhance human resources in the country.

Human resources, in turn, would usher in the country’s progress, Ms. Prasad noted.

World conferences that were held between 1992 and 1996 deliberated on human rights and human resources, underscoring their importance. The world conferences held in the preceding years concentrated only on civil and political rights, she said.

Ms. Prasad said that human rights violations took place when there was poverty, social discrimination, lack of fundamental facilities, shortage of food, defiled environment.

It was the bounden duty of the Union and the State Governments to ensure these benefits to its people.

Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, who addressed the officials, said the basic aim of all government programmes was to ensure the welfare of its people.

Officials should realise their responsibility while serving society, he said.

Refresher courses

The Government organised various refresher and training programmes involving the officials to enhance their knowledge about the changing rules, situations and circumstances.

Participants should reap the maximum benefit from them, Mr. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda noted.

Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri said that the Police Department functioned with utmost care as there were complaints of human rights violations on the part of the police.

To corroborate it, no lock-up death was reported from any part of the State in 2009. Training at the level of Sub-Inspectors of Police too would be ideal in the coming days, Mr. Annigeri said.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat, Mirza Akbarulla, was present.

District training coordination officer K.M. Prasad welcomed the gathering. Principal of the District Training Institute Mahadevaiah was present.

Resource persons would deliver lectures on various issues such as right to information, women’s rights, role of human rights in human resource development, domestic violence, children’s rights and forest rights.




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