Women and Child Development Minister Umashree on Saturday said that the Chairperson for Karnataka State Women’s Commission will be appointed soon.
She was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an interaction programme on strengthening laws related to empowerment of women and children, organised by Women and Child Welfare Department, in association with the commission.
Umashree said the government is now focusing on the appointment of chairpersons and members of different academies.
“Once this process is complete, we shall appoint a chairperson for the Women’s Commission. At present, eight names have been recommended for the post. We will get some more names. We will finalise one from among those names. It will be done soon,” she said.
Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Advocate General Ravivarma Kumar said that there are many laws focusing on gender discrimination, equal opportunities for men and women.
But in reality, these have not been implemented, he remarked.
“In the State Cabinet, there are 34 ministers. As per 50 per cent reservation rules, 17 ministers among them should be women. But Umashree is the only minister representing women in the Cabinet,” he said.
He also said that High Court has 40 judges and only two among them are women.
“It is unfortunate that a place where we talk about justice does not give equal opportunities to both genders,” he regretted.
Minister for Information and Infrastructure Development R Roshan Baig, Director of Women and Child Development Gurneet Tej and other officials were present on the occasion.