The National Human Rights Commission has lamented that it is going through a difficult situation in terms of physical resources.

Despite repeated efforts, the situation has not improved. In fiscal 2020- 21, the rights body was forced to carry out its functions in an adverse situation due to lack of necessary physical and other resources. According to Annual Report for the fiscal 2020-2021, the functioning of NHRC has been affected owing to lack of proper and necessary infrastructure and resources in proportion to human resources.

Construction work of the central office building, which was damaged by the earthquakes of April 2015, has not started yet. The Central Office of the NHRC is presently operating from a prefabricated building on the unoccupied land in front of the old building.

During the rainy season, water enters the office and hampers work and causes damage to physical property. It has become difficult to protect the books in the Human Resource Centre (Library) of the NHRC due to leakage of rain water.

Provincial offices and provincial branch offices of the NHRC are still operating from rented buildings. Although land has been acquired for the provincial branch offices in Khotang and the Dhangadi, necessary initiatives have not been taken to construct the building. This has led to urgency to relocate the office on the one hand, while on the other, the situation of increasing financial burden remains, read the report.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 14, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.