ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Governor BD Mishra has urged the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) to “rise to the need and aspirations of every girl child of the state” by being vigilant and proactive in addressing issues of atrocities against girls and women.
He said this during a meeting with a delegation of the APSCW which had called on him at Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The delegation, which was led by APSCW chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi, submitted a memorandum to the governor regarding various issues pertaining to the commission.
Emphasizing on women’s education and health, Mishra suggested to the commission to undertake an extensive tour of the state to ensure that every girl child aged six years and above goes to school.
“The future of Arunachalee society lies on constitutional bodies like the women’s commission; therefore, the onus is on the members of the commission to rise to the need and aspirations of every girl child of the state,” he said.
Stating that Arunachalee women must be secure at home and outside, Mishra said “they should be fully empowered to access all their rights and dignity, and be given opportunity to contribute in equal measure in all walks of life.”
He advised the APSCW to explore suitable measures and effective enforcement of laws to secure the safety, rights and entitlements of women in the society.
Among others, APSCW Vice Chairperson Heyomai Towsik, members Hoksum Ori, Likha Joya and Techi Hunmai, and Member Secretary Yame Higio were present at the meeting.
The APSCW delegation later called on Women & Child Development (WCD) Minister Nabam Rebia, and submitted a memorandum highlighting issues such as the requirement of a permanent APSCW office, and creation of regular posts for the office.
Further, stating that the APSCW is dependent on grants-in-aid from the state government, which are routed through the WCD department, the team requested for an independent plan head for the APSCW.
Rebia assured to look into all the points highlighted in the memorandum as early as possible.
APSCW team attends NCW meeting
Earlier, on 22 January, APSCW Chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi and member Techi Hunmai attended an interactive meeting of the National Commission for Women (NCW) in New Delhi.
The meeting, which discussed the procedure of handling complaints across the states, saw the participation of representatives from all the state women’s commissions (SCW).
The NCW suggested to the SCWs to computerize their registration mechanisms, and to frequently interact with the NCW and share information about experiences and good practices.
It also suggested conducting training programmes for all the staffs of the state commissions.
The APSCW team suggested that the NCW immediately take up cases or matters pertaining to central government employees after they have been recommended and forwarded by the SCWs.
Later, the APSCW members participated in a short meeting with the NCW’s Northeast zone in-charge Soso Shaiza to discuss the problems and issues related to women and girl children in the region. (With input from Raj Bhavan)