India dedicated to defending human rights: MoS Nityanand Rai

Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said India is committed to protecting human rights and strengthening the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in line with the spirit of its Vedic traditions.

Addressing NHRC’s function organised virtually to mark the Human Rights Day, he said that the rights of the people can be protected also by providing them access to remedies.

The Union government is empowering the local panchayats and focusing on the digitisation of services, he said.

“The National Digital Health Mission is yet another latest step in this direction,” Rai said. 

NHRC member, Justice (retired) PC Pant presided over the well-attended function.

Rai further said that people’s welfare is key to the protection and promotion of their human rights. Keeping this in view, the government has launched various welfare schemes for all including the women, children, migrant labourers, he said.

In this regard he named, among others, Ujjwala Yojana, Skill India, Make in India, Aatamnirbhar Bharat scheme, Swach Bharat and Beti Bachao- Beti Padhao campaign.

Rai lauded the NHRC’s efforts to promote and protect human rights. He made a reference to its COVID-19 related advisories for the protection of the rights of various sections of the society.

Earlier, Justice PC Pant said that it is a time to reaffirm our commitment that human rights should form the basis of all the state policies.

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