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New Delhi:  NHRC Chairperson Justice H L Dattu on Friday said that growing population and corruption are the two main hindrances in the way of good governance towards the development of India. Referring to the Right to Information Act and the digital India campaign, he said that there has been some progress in bringing transparency in governance and fighting the simpler forms of corruption but deep-seated organized political or systematic corruption can paralyze a nation.

Justice Dattu was inaugurating a two day National Seminar on ‘Good governance, development and human rights’, organized by the Commission in collaboration with the National Law University on its campus in New Delhi. He said that the best way to combat corruption is that the governments must strive to rid themselves of corruption and bribery. They should become accountable and transparent to preserve the integrity of democracy, said an NHRC release.

The NHRC Chairperson said that corruption typically diverts funding from state budgets which should be dedicated to the full realization of all human rights. ” We need to promote more researches to end the menace of corruption,” Justice Dattu said. He said that without achieving certain optimum standards of efficiency, it would be difficult for the country to reach the 17 new Sustainable Developments Goals set by United Nations for overall improvements of society. He said that the NHRC is committed to good governance towards the protection and promotion of human rights of all.

A country can’t be considered having good governance, if the people of that country are corrupt and the population grows rapidly, Justice Dattu said. Corruption destroys economic foundations, impedes the ability of developing countries to attract foreign investment, he said.

Prof. Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor, National Law University, said that with more and more people with criminal background were getting elected to Parliament, how could anyone expect that human rights will be protected.


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