Panel to discuss new womenís policy today
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In the wake of the Delhi gangrape, efforts to formulate a new policy for women in the state have picked up.
A meeting of a committee comprising MLAs, women groups and experts will be held Wednesday to discuss issues such as security, welfare, health, education and economy. It will also consider the 2001 policy, demands of various groups, suggestions made by Justice Dharmadhikari Committee.
Maharashtra was the first state to draft a women policy in 1992-93 under the chief ministership of NCP president Sharad Pawar.
The group has held four informal meetings in the last few months after a rough policy draft was prepared. "We have divided work between members and will meet Wednesday to shortlist policy points," said Varsha Gaikwad, minister for women and child Development.
She said the committee was trying to come up with a comprehensive policy to ensure wellbeing of women in the state. It will lay down guidelines for departments to handle issues related to women.
"We have sought recommendations from department such as law and judiciary, health and education. Experts on women-related issues are also being consulted in policy-making," said Gaikwad.
Home minister R R Patil has also called a meeting Wednesday to discuss implementation of Justice Dharmadhikari Committee suggestions to improve measures to prevent crime against women.