SCW member seeks enhancement of tenure

Bhubaneswar: At a time when the civil societies and women
organizations are targeting the State Commission for Women (SCW) for its
alleged failure in handling the murder case of Tikiri UP Scholl teacher Itishree
Pradhan properly, SCW member Snigdha Panigarhi on Friday suggested that the tenure of
the SCW chairperson and its members be increased to five years term instead of
present three years, besides enhancement of Commission’s power.

Speaking at a consultation on status of the Odisha State
Commission for Women, organsied by Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS),
Panigrahi said, “It is practically very challenging to ensure justice to the
victim. Three year term is very short period on part of the SCW chairperson and
its members to act effectively. Hence, I think enhancement of tenure and powers
backed by adequate manpower will facilitate the SCW to act proactively to
protect the socioeconomic interest and rights of women across the State.

Participating in the event, United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) State head Ambika Prasad Nanda laid emphasis on mass awareness
and public discourse to make all excluded and marginalised communities
including woman fraternity aware about their duties and rights.
PACS programme manager Priyanka Dale urged the State
Government to constitute SC and ST and Minorities Commissions in the line of
State Commission for Women for the larger interest of the marginalized
 Around 100 people
from various organizations participated in the event.

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