The tyrant policies of the Indian government continue in Kashmir as they recently closed down seven important commissions that were directly related to the human rights of the civilians. The order to close down these commissions was issued on Wednesday shortly after the US lawmakers expressed their concern over human rights in Kashmir valley.
GOI (Government of India) did not even bother to list down the reasons for the closure, the sources said. These were the commission shut down by them:
SHRC i.e. Jammu & Kashmir State Human Rights Commission
SIC i.e. State Information Commission
SCDRC i.e. State Customer Dispute Redressal Commission
SERC i.e. State Electricity Regulatory Commission
SCPWRC i.e. State Commission for Protection of Women and Child Rights
SCPwD i.e. State Commission for People with disabilities
SAC i.e. State Accountability Commission
The General Administration Department of J&K said that these commissions will be winded up from 31st October 2019. Moreover, the officials, presidents, individual members, chairpersons, and everyone working in the commission will no longer be employed from the same date. However, the administration was not aware of the decisions taken by these commissions that led to such an abrupt closure.
October 31st is also the date from which Jammu & Kashmir will be separated into two separate states, J&K and Ladakh. A regional human rights commission expressed its concern over closing down of these commissions and one official said that such commissions are present in all the Union territories of India. Therefore, they are not aware of the reason why these commissions were being closed down, one official said.
Some people speculate that these commissions will no longer be active in Jammu and Kashmir since it is getting bifurcated into two separate states. The secretaries of these commissions will be asked down to vacate the buildings and handover their possessions soon after that as per an order issued by GAD.
The Estate Department of the state will take care of the buildings and the equipment, electronic devices, furniture, and digital gadgets of these buildings. According to this order, the secretaries will also have to hand over all the records of the commissions to the concerned departments. Was such a hasty decision needed when different countries of the world are criticizing India for how it scraped the special rights of Kashmir or is it just a process to abolish human rights in J&K further, are the questions that only time can answer? However, if the human rights activists of the country remain silent today, there can be more severe consequences in the future.