Telangana appoints its first State Human Rights Commission
Telangana was formed on 2nd June 2014 as the 29th state of India, has appointed its first State Human Rights Commission. The Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao headed committee has appointed the former judge of Andhra Pradesh High Court, G Chandraiah as the Chairman of the Telangana State Human Rights Commission. Mohammed Irfan Moinuddin and N Ananda Roa were appointed as members of the Human Rights Commission.
The National Human Rights Commission of India was constituted under the Protection of Human Rights Act(passed on 28th September 1993) ,and formed on 12th October 1993 as a Statutory public body.
The Act provides States to create their own Human Rights Commission at their respective state level. The Human Rights Commission inquires into violation of subjects related to Human Rights covered in the State List and the Concurrent List under the Indian Constitution’s seventh schedule.
In 2006, the National Human Rights Act was Amended by the Parliament, under which a the Chairperson of the State’s Human Rights Commission must be a retired Chief Justice or Judge of a High Court, and the Human Rights Commission’s of the States should consist of three members.