Govt recommends names of OHRC chairperson, members to Governor

Bhubaneswar: The State government has recommended names for selection of Chairperson and members of the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) to Governor Ganeshi Lal.

The OHRC chairperson post has been lying vacant after the completion of tenure of Justice Bira Kishore Mishra on August 15 earlier this year. At present, the three-member panel has no active jury member.

The names of the recommended candidates for the State’s apex human rights body were discussed during a meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday. Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Amat, Opposition leader Narasingha Mishra and Chief Secretary AP Padhi were also present during the meeting.

“After the Governor approves the names of the OHRC Chairperson and members, a notification will be issued and thereafter the members will assume post,” said Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra.

According to sources, a retired Orissa High Court Chief Justice can be appointed Chairperson of the panel whereas two other members of the board will be judges of the HC.

The OHRC was established as per Section 21 of the Human Rights Protection Act, 1993 for protection and promotion of human rights of common man in the State. As per reports, more than 10,000 cases are pending before the OHRC.