SCW chief post: AIDWA gives govt shortlist a short shrift

The Maharashtra unit of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has expressed strong reservations about the two names being weighed by the Government of Maharashtra to head the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW). The AIDWA is opposed to both the probables said to have been shortlisted by the state government, Susieben Shah and Janet D'Souza, getting the post of MSCW chairperson, saying they lacked the experience and sensitivity needed for the post.

For the past four years, AIDWA, along with several other women's organizations in Maharashtra, has been demanding that the vacant posts in the MSWC, including the key chairperson's post be filled. The post had been vacant for four years. After women's issues recently took centrestage across the nation, the lacuna was highlighted and the chief minister had then promised to fill the posts soon.

AIDWA said that after retaining power in the state in 2009, the ruling Congress-NCP Democratic Front government continued to neglect this important monitoring body that deals with status and rights of women in the state. This was plainly due to competition within the ruling alliance partners for these appointments, alleged AIDWA president Kiran Moghe.

"Women's organisations have continuously demanded that the chairperson and members of the Commission be women with sensitivity, experience, knowledge, credibility and standing with respect to women issues throughout Maharashtra. We oppose the appointment of those who find favour with the leadership, and have no known work amongst women or on women's issues. There is no dearth of such experienced women leaders and senior activists," she said in a release.

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