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NEW DELHI: Nearly four years after abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union territories, important central authorities like National Human Rights Commission, Central Information Commission and Central Vigilance Commission are still in charge of the subject-related affairs of UT of Jammu and Kashmir, the Supreme Court was informed on Friday.
However, solicitor genes Tushar Mehta informs a bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, and Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala that gradually the UT-level commissions are being set up, including Commissions for women, for protection of child rights, for persons with disabilities and consumer redressal forum.
The bench wanted to know from the J&K administration the mechanism it has put in place for filing of human rights violation complaints by locals and the periodicity with which the NHRC is holding sittings in J&K to address the grievances. It sought details within a week and posted the matter for hearing on March 24.
A year after Parliament passed J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019, a PIl was filed by advocate Asim Suhas Sarode seeking a direction to the Union government to constitute State HRC, Commissions for Women, for protection of child rights, for PwD persons, state information commission, Consumer disputes redressal Commission, Electricity Regulatory Commission and State Accountability Commission.
The J&K administration in its affidavit said, “With the passing of the 2019 Act, several central laws, which were hitherto not applicable in the erstwhile state of J&K are now applicable to the UT of J&K.” It said that by virtue of the 2019 Act and the J&K (Adaptation of Central laws) Order, 2020, the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, a central law, has been made applicable to J&K UT.
“The functions relating to human rights in the case of UT of J&K are being dealt with by the NHRC. Presently, even in respect of UT of Delhi and UT of Ladakh, the functions relating to human rights are dealt with by the NHRC,” it said.
However, it said Protection of Child Rights Rules were notified on October 21 last year and the constitution of the Commission has been set up with the process for selection of chairperson and members is going on. Similarly, J&K Commission for Women was constituted in February 2022 and steps are being taken to make it functional, it said.
It said J&K state Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission was set up in April last year and J&K Electricity Regulatory Commission was the first to be set up in June 2020. The Commissioner for persons with disabilities is functional, it said.

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