Kochi: National Human Rights Commission
on Saturday said it had registered 82,021 fresh cases of human
rights violations in 2009-10 and completed action in 86,050
While the commission received a mere 496 complaints
regarding human rights violations in 1993, the year of its
establishment, it rose to over 82,000 cases in 2009-10,
Commission chairman, Justice K G Balakrishnan said at a
function here after being conferred the honorary doctor of law
degree by the Cochin University of Science and Technology
The NHRC has witnessed a phenomenal increase in the number
of complaints it has received over the eyars indicating not
only a growing awareness among the people, but alo the
increased faith that they have reposed in it for safeguarding
their rights, he said.
While National Human Rights institutions like the NHRC have
a significant role to play in the promotion and protection of
human rights in all sphere, including social, economic,
political and cultural, they can at best work as catalysts in
assisting efforts towards protecting and promoting human
rights of the most vulnerable groups,
The commission is also seeking to explore and understand
the various ways in which the business sector is undermining
the phenomenal strides made in the arena of human rights, vien
the acute strain on the environment, damage to the planet`s
ecological support systems and widening gaps between the rich
and poor that have resulted from rapid industrialisation and
global economic processes, he said.
Delhi Metro chairman, E Sreedharan, who was conferred the
Honorary degree of Doctor of science, said Delhi metro has
shown to the world that India is capable of planning and
executing technically complex mega projects to international standards. The Konkan railway and Delhi Metro projects are
shinning examples of how government projects can be completed
on time and without cost over-runs.
The Delhi Metro runs about 2800 trains trips every day to
carry 15 lakh passengers and punctuality performance is 99.97
On delays, he said each day a project is delayed, the cost
goes up. In Delhi Metro phase II the cost of delays as about
Rs 2.5 crore per day.
Kathakali Maestro Kalamandalam Ramakutty Nair also was
conferred honorary doctorate for his contributions to the
traditional dance form of Kerala.
Kerala Governor, R S Gavai, conferred the doctorates at
a special convocation in which state education minister, M
A Baby and CUSAT Vice Chancellor, Dr Ramachandran
Thekkedath were also present.