New Delhi: Expressing disappointment over its
recommendations not being given due importance, the National
Commission for Women today said it has asked the Centre as
well as state governments to table its reports on various
issues concerning women in Parliament and assemblies.
At a meeting with state women`s commissions from across
the country here, NCW chairperson Girija Vyas said that she
has written letters to all concerned ministers as well as
Speakers of state assemblies and Parliament that the
recommendations of the commissions be tabled in the Houses.
"We are also talking to the Parliamentary committee for
women on this issue," Vyas told reporters.
She added that out of the 21 reports submitted by the
Commission during her chairmanship, only eight have been
tabled in Parliament. "We are not agitated, but disappointed".
Former NCW Chairperson Mohini Giri suggested that members
of women`s commission should be selected on the lines of the
National Human Rights Commission to make it more apolitical.
"Is the NCW really a statutory autonomous body? How can
it be autonomous under political affiliation," she asked. She
also questioned as to why the Commission`s reports are not
tabled in Parliament.
In her address, Minister of State for Women and Child
Development Krishna Tirath asked the state women`s commissions
to rise above their political affiliations.
Asked whether political affiliations were a hindrance to
the performance of the NCW, Vyas said, "When we go to any
state or (review any) situation we represent only women and
not any political party".
The NCW Chairperson also said committees should be formed
at all levels so that there can be better coordination among
NGOs, women`s bodies and the NCW.