New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC’s) role is ‘crucial’ for achieving the sustainable development goals.
These goals were adopted by the United Nations to end poverty and fight inequality and injustice. The Prime Minister said, “NHRC has contributed to nation building by becoming the voice of the deprived and the oppressed.” In his address to mark the Silver Jubilee Foundation Day of the NHRC, Modi listed various steps his government had undertaken in the last four years to improve the lives of people by ensuring their rights and basic needs.
According to a statement released by Prime Minister’s Office, Modi “mentioned the achievements of schemes such as Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana, and Saubhagya Yojana; and the transformation that has been brought about in the lives of the people as a result of these schemes”.
The triple talaq legislation also figured in Modi’s address and he insisted that the move was a part of the government’s effort to provide justice to the oppressed. “I am confident that this key legislation will be accorded approval by Parliament soon,” Modi told the gathering.
The Rajya Sabha is expected to take up the bill for discussion and passage during the coming winter session since the Lok Sabha has already passed it.
PM Modi also hailed the recently launched Ayushmaan Bharat health insurance scheme by stressing that 50,000 people have been benefited within two and a half weeks of its launch.
He said the construction of more than 9 crore toilets, has “ensured sanitation and a life of dignity for crores of poor people”.
Earlier in his speech, Modi praised NHRC as an institution for protecting human rights, which he pointed out, should not merely be a slogan.
“The protection of human rights has been an important part of our culture” and “after Independence, elements such as an independent and impartial judiciary, an active media and active civil society, and organizations such as NHRC are in place to protect human rights,” the PM said.
Source: Economic Times