Hyderabad: All the speakers at a round table conference unanimously stressed the need for reinstatement of State Commission for Women, which was disbanded in 2007 following severe allegations and internal clashes among its members. The round table was held under the aegis of the State Committee of the All India Democratic Women Association at the Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram, here on Tuesday.
The conference demanded that the State government immediately constitute the State Commission for Women and appoint people with thorough knowledge about all kinds of problems confronting the women as chairperson and members. The conference demanded that the Commission should not serve as a shelter for politicians. It also demanded that besides providing autonomy for it, the State government should allocate sufficient budget as well as a mechanism to ensure its smooth functioning.
The State Committee president, Ms Jyothi, said that the commissions established at the Centre in 1990 and in the State in 1999 were the result of decades-long struggle by women.
She alleged that notwithstanding repeated requests, the State government has not reinstated the commission in the State as yet. “The State Commission for Women had been equipped with autonomy and essential powers to function effectively. The chairperson had been conferred the cabinet rank and the Commission was made responsible to the State Assembly”, she said, adding that notwithstanding all this, the State government had made it a shelter for politicians and impoverished it by lowering its significance.
The honorary president, Ms Mallu Swarajyam, and general secretary, Ms K Swarupa Rani, also spoke. (NSS)