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The Government of West Bengal constituted this Commission vide Notification No. 42 HS/HRC dated 31-01-1995 to exercise the powers conferred upon and to perform the functions assigned to the State Commission under Chapter V of the Protection of Human Rights Act. Section 21(2) of the Act provides that the State Commission shall consist of

(i) One Chairperson who has been a Chief Justice of a High Court;

(ii) One Member who is, or has been a Judge of a High Court;

(iii) One Member who is, or has been a District Judge in that State;

(iv) Two Members from amongst persons having knowledge of, or practical experience in, matters relating to human rights
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The Government of West Bengal vide its Notification No. 180 HS/HRC dated Calcutta, the 13th March,1995 made the Rules called the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (Salaries and Allowances and other terms and conditions of service of the Members) Rules, 1995, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-Section (1) read with Clause (a) of sub-Section (2) of Section (41) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. Rule 3 of the said rules provides that the Chairperson of the State Commission shall be paid salary which is equal to the salary of the Chief Justice of a High Court and other Members shall be paid salary which is equal to the salary of a Judge of a High Court.

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission, in exercise of the power conferred by sub-Section (2) of Section 10 of the Act framed the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (Procedure) Regulation to regulate its proceedings.



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