Imphal/ Guwahati, February 11: Good news for Manipur! Sources are saying Punjab Human Rights Commission chairperson; Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari will soon assume charge as the chairperson of the Manipur Human Rights Commission as well. He will hold dual charge of both states. The move comes after the Manipur High Court last month directed the state government to appoint a chairperson and other members of the commission.
A high court bench, also directed the government to appoint other officers in a time-bound manner as the state rights commission, in the absence of adequate officers and staff, was unable to function effectively. The Manipur government then approached Justice Ansari who accepted the proposal. Reportedly, the government is also in the process of appointing other members of the Manipur rights panel.
It has been a decade since The Manipur Human Rights Commission had a chairperson. The state government wasn’t appointing the chairperson and members despite demands by citizens’ organizations. The Manipur rights panel has not been functioning since the expiry of the terms of the then chairperson and members in mid-2010.
The commission will begin taking up citizens’ complaints soon.