Govt on assurance mode as MP women commission’s posts remain vacant

  • Sravani Sarkar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2015 19:10 IST

The Madhya Pradesh government is continuing to be on assurance mode on reconstitution of the state women’s commission and the state commission for protection of children’s rights months after the posts in these bodies fell vacant.

Meanwhile, complaints related to atrocities on women and children keep burgeoning at the vacant offices of the two important panels.

MP reports highest number of cases of crime against women and children in the country.

On Tuesday, state women and child development minister Maya Singh told HT the panels would be “reconstituted very soon”.

Singh agreed that the commissions have been left vacant for little too long, but said there were certain issues - mainly related to the model code of conduct in relation to various elections — that caused the government to defer the reconstitution.

“Now stage is clear and we just need one final meeting with the chief minister before the appointments to the commission could be made,” Singh added.

According to sources, the state women commission has 4,000 pending complaints to date and the child rights panel has over 1,000.

The tenure of the chairperson and the five members of the SWC expired in September 2014, while that of the chairperson and six members of the SCPCR came to an end at different times between September and December 2014.

“Everyone knows that justice delayed is justice denied and the victims of atrocities normally require immediate redressing of their problems. Vacant rights commissions can only increase the pains and problems of women and child in need of help,” activist Kumud Singh of Sarokar, an NGO, said.

Sources said the delay is an attempt by the government to create a balance within the party cadre while selecting the chairpersons and members.

The posts of chairpersons of both the panels are quite coveted though there are technical requirements that have to be completed to become eligible for them, one of the main requirements in proximity to the ruling party, sources added.

There are different names in circulation for the posts.

Among them are former chairperson of SWC Upma Rai and former state BJP president Lata Wankhede for the SWC and SCPCR respectively.

However, there is no official indication yet about the final selections.

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