‘Right to life means right to live with dignity’


Workshop on social and economic justice begins

People need to consciously exercise their human rights

Need for maximum public participation important: member

KORAPUT: ‘Right to life means the right to live with dignity’ Justice R. K. Patra, Chairperson, Human Rights Commission, Orissa, said at Koraput on Wednesday. He was attending the inaugural ceremony of the two-day long workshop to generate awareness on issues concerning social and economic justice to all citizens.

While there were many rules and laws framed and executed in the country to enable the people to enjoy the basic human rights it was needed for the people to become conscious in exercising their human rights. Keeping this in mind and to create widespread awareness on the subject the commission had come out with the initiative of organising sensitization workshop all across the state. The workshop at Koraput was the beginning, he added. Further, while highlighting the efforts of NGOs in spreading messages on different issues especially in the tribal dominated Koraput region, he requested them to take an active part in the mission to reach the grassroots with the message on human rights.

R.N.Bahidar, member of the commission, speaking to the participants however stressed on the need of maximum public participation for bringing out fruitful results to the efforts. While seeking the basic rights for the self, everyone should pay respect to the rights of others too, he added. Himadri Mahapatra, another member of the commission while describing the procedure to seek restoration of human rights from the commission, said that the commission was only a body to recommend the government to compensate the losses rather than forcing them to take action.

However till date the government had given due respect to the suggestions of the commission and many people have been granted compensation, he added.

Among others, leading advocates Sasananda Mishra, T.N.Murty and Nihar Ranjan Patnaik spoke. The workshop was attended by Padmanav Sethi, Additiona District Magistrate, Koraput along with many other district level officials and civil society members.

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