Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: In view of the current COVID situation in the State, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Monday restricted public entry to their office located at Toshali Bhawan in Bhubaneswar till May 31 or until further notification.

An official order in this connection was issued by the Commission that stated, “In order to adopt strict social distancing and isolation measures to stop further spread of COVID-19 infections in the office, entry of the general public , petitioners and party is restricted to the office of the Odisha Human Rights Commission till May 31, 2021 or until further decision.”

During this period the office will function with bare minimum staff. However, registration and scrutiny of the urgent complaints will be continued on regular basis.

Requesting the complainants to file their petitions through online means, the Commission stated, “During this period only urgent cases will be taken up for hearing. The complaint petition can be filed through official email (”

"The Assistant Registrar, OHRC can be contacted over phone (8763642080) for urgent hearings. Extremely urgent matters can be taken up/ heard after obtaining permission from the Chairperson and parties may opt for hearing through virtual mode by providing their mobile number and email Id to the Asst. Registrar," it added.