3 new members of the National Commission for Women nominated by WCD Ministry.

3 new members of the National Commission for Women nominated by WCD Ministry.

November 18, 2018.

The Ministry of Woman and Child Development (WCD) announced on Friday that it has nominated three members to the National Commission for Women (NCW) in pursuance Section three of the NCW act, 1990. Chandramukhi Devi, Soso Shaiza, and Kamlesh Gautam have nominated as NCW members, said the WCD Ministry in keeping with Section 3 of the NCW Act, 1990. All the three women nominated for NCW by WCD Ministry are BJP members. They will hold office for a period of three years or till the age of 65 years or until further orders from the date of assumption of charge of the office, whichever is the earlier. The NCW has two positions vacant with the three new appointments. The current chairperson of NCW is Rekha Sharma.

Chandramukhi Devi is a former Bihar MLA and member of the Bihar state women’s commission from 2011 to 2014 while Soso is the present BJP national council member and also the daughter-in-law of Janata Party leader Yangmaso Shaiza, the first tribal chief minister of Manipur in 1974. Gautam is the BJP’s regional in-charge for Kanpur-Bundelkhand.

The Indian Express had reported on November 9 that the NCW has been functioning with only chairperson Rekha Sharma after the last of its members Alok Rawat completed his term on October 19. Two of the posts have been vacant since August 2018.

The new appointments now leave two positions vacant. The members continue to be political appointees as a crucial NCW Bill, which recommended that appointments to the NCW should not be political, has been pending with the PMO. The draft Bill, which would have amended the NCW Act 1990 to expand the limited powers of the Commission, was approved by the Arun Jaitley, headed Group of Ministers in April 2015.

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