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Headless commissions in a tale of omissions

Brajendra K Parashar, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, February 21, 2013
First Published: 13:49 IST(21/2/2013) | Last Updated: 13:53 IST(21/2/2013)

Although the state government appointed a chairperson and other office bearers for the state women’s commission at last a few days ago after the important body remained deserted for 10 months, there are many other statutory bodies that still continue to be defunct.

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For example, the SC-ST commission office at the 10th floor of Indira Bhawan wears a deserted look.

Ironically, this commission used to be the most effective and the busiest body with complainants pouring in from all over the state every day and getting relief too.

Today, this commission is of no use for all practical purposes and so are many other important commissions constituted to take care of various sections of the society.

The backward class commission and the minority commission are among other important bodies that have been defunct for the last 11 months. After it came to power in March 2012, the Samajwadi Party government removed the office bearers of all the commissions but it has not been able to reorganise them till date.

“This is obviously hurting the interests of the classes to whom these commissions are meant to serve.

Take for example, the SC-ST commission. There is no chairman, no vice-chairman and no members and no secretary there. There is only one official ( judicial officer) disposing of routine matters in the commission. Sources said the commission still received a dozen or so complaints from victims everyday but the commission, they added, was not able to give any relief to them,” said a staff.

“Same is the case with the backward class commission where all the 17 posts of members, two posts of vice-chairmen and one of chairman have not been filled. There, the secretary (PCS officer) is running the entire commission with hardly any work in hand. “The commission does receive some complaints every day by the same are referred to districts for necessary action since the commission can hardly do anything without the chairman,” the staff member added.

The minority commission too continues to be deserted with only a secretary being posted there.

“This is surprising that not only the minority commission but almost all the boards and committees such as the wakf development corporation, financial development corporation for minorities and the Fakhuruddin memorial society all meant for the welfare of Muslims are headless and hence defunct,” said Rashtriya Lok Dal state president Munna Singh Chauhan.

Interestingly, the SP manifesto talked of appointing at least one member each from the minority community in all the state commissions.

“But minority bodies have been defunct since months together leave alone appointing a minority community member in other commissions,” Chauhan added. There are a few corporations and public enterprises also where the government is yet to appoint chairpersons.

“Absence of chairpersons is causing some practical problems to day-to-day functioning in the concerning corporations too,” said sources.


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