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National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson Justice K.G. Balakrishnan Tuesday said the state governments should take steps to strengthen their human rights commissions to facilitate good governance.

Speaking at a meeting of the State Human Rights Commissions here, Balakrishnan said they are for the help of the administration and the people of the country to achieve their social, cultural and economic rights.

Emphasising the need to strengthen the human rights panels in states, he said: “Mere setting of the State Human Rights Commission will not serve any purpose, if they are not provided with sufficient manpower and infrastructure for their effective functioning.”

He also asked the State Human Rights Commissions to improve their complaint management systems with the help of the NHRC.

There are 18 state-level Human Rights Commissions in the country.

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