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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Explain why you want to change DCW chief: Delhi L-G

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 31, 2014
First Published: 00:41 IST(31/1/2014) | Last Updated: 01:21 IST(31/1/2014)

Even as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal justified his decision to remove Delhi Commission of Women chairperson Barkha Singh, Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday returned the file on the matter to the Delhi Government.

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Jung asked the government to explain why it wanted to change the head of the commission.

Singh met the L-G on Thursday and complained that the newly-elected Delhi Government was keen to oust her only because she summoned Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti following a complaint by Ugandan nationals residing in Khirki Extension.

"The L-G has returned the file to us asking why the government wants to reconstitute the DCW," said a senior government official.

Singh has also refused to step down as her term is still to end. "I have handed over a rule book of DCW to the L-G so that he gets to know that the government cannot remove the DCW chairperson. They have become dictators. They are acting according to their whims and fancies," said Singh, a former Congress MLA from RK Puram.

The Delhi Government recommended Hindi novelist Maitreyi Pushpa’s name for the post. "We want experts and non-political persons to head various commissions and boards. Politicians should not head DCW and other commissions and boards. Maitreyi Pushpa will be joining on a salary of Rs1," Kejriwal said.


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