Monday, October 18, 2021

Rights & duties are 2 tracks on which the journey of human development & dignity takes place: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 28th National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Foundation Day programme today at 11 AM via video conferencing.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and NHRC Chairperson Justice Arun Kumar Mishra were also present during the event.

Addressing the gathering, PM Modi remarked that India’s freedom movement and its history has been a great source of inspiration for human rights. Remembering Mahatma Gandhi, He said that, “As a nation, as a society we resisted injustice-atrocities, we fought for our rights for centuries. At a time when the whole world was engulfed in the violence of World War I, India suggested the path of ‘rights and non-violence’ to the whole world. Not only India but the whole world sees our Bapu as a symbol of human rights and human values.”

According to the Prime Minister, human rights are inextricably linked to the dignity of the impoverished. When the poorest of the poor does not receive an equal share of government programmes and schemes, then the issue of rights arises.

The Prime Minister outlined the government’s efforts to protect the poor’s dignity. He explained that when a poor person gets toilets, he gains dignity; similarly, when a poor man who is apprehensive to approach a bank receives a Jan Dhan account, he gains respect. Similarly, initiatives such as the Rupay card, Ujjwala gas connections, and women’s property rights in pucca houses are significant strides in the right direction.

Continuing with the list of actions, the Prime Minister stated that the government has attempted to eliminate injustice at all levels and in various regions in recent years. “Muslim women have been calling for a law prohibiting triple talaq for decades. “By enacting a rule barring triple talaq, we have given Muslim women their rights,” said the Prime Minister. He said that India has guaranteed 26 weeks of paid maternity leave for working women, a feat that few developed countries have achieved.

Recalling the inspiring performances of the para-athletes in the recent Paralympics, the Prime Minister said that in recent years laws have been enacted for the Divyang Jan. They have been connected to modern facilities. Buildings are being built, divyang friendly and language for divyang is being standardized.

PM Modi further said that during the pandemic, poor, helpless and senior people were given direct financial assistance. One Nation-One Ration Card saved migrant labourers from a lot of trouble.

He said that it is important to understand that human rights is not associated with rights only but is a subject of our duties too. “Rights and duties are two tracks on which the journey of human development and human dignity takes place. Duties are equally important as rights and they should not be discussed separately as they complement each other,’’ he added.

About National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

On October 12, 1993, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was established under the Protection of Human Rights Act 1993 to promote and safeguard human rights. The Commission investigates all types of human rights infringement, conducts investigations, and, in cases of human rights violations, recommends to the public authorities the payment of compensation to victims, as well as other corrective and legal steps against erring public officials.

- Advertisement -
Latest news

104 new cases of COVID confirmed in Manipur

104 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed during the last 24 hours in Manipur. These cases were detected among the 2347 samples tested for...

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for kin of man killed in terror attack in Kulgam

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday talked Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha over death of two innocent labourer of Bihar...

Mumbai reports zero COVID death for first time since March 26 last year

In a major positive development on Sunday, country's financial capital Mumbai reported no Covid-19-related deaths in the last 24-hour period. According to the BrihanMumbai...

Maharashtra: Three killed in rain related incidents in Yavatmal district

Many parts of Maharashtra have been witnessing incessant rain since Saturday night. AIR correspondent reports that incessant rainfall is being experienced in several districts...
Related news

104 new cases of COVID confirmed in Manipur

104 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed during the last 24 hours in Manipur. These cases were detected among the 2347 samples tested for...

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for kin of man killed in terror attack in Kulgam

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday talked Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha over death of two innocent labourer of Bihar...

Mumbai reports zero COVID death for first time since March 26 last year

In a major positive development on Sunday, country's financial capital Mumbai reported no Covid-19-related deaths in the last 24-hour period. According to the BrihanMumbai...

Maharashtra: Three killed in rain related incidents in Yavatmal district

Many parts of Maharashtra have been witnessing incessant rain since Saturday night. AIR correspondent reports that incessant rainfall is being experienced in several districts...