Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

‘STAFF CRUNCH’ FORCES STATE WOMEN PANEL CHIEF TO RE­SIGN

- Corruption · Politics · Crime · Shiromani Akali Dal

MO­HALI: Punjab State Women Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Paramjit Kaur Lan­dran put in her pa­pers on Mon­day. The gov­ern­ment has ac­cepted her res­ig­na­tion.

Lan­dran was ap­pointed as the com­mis­sion chair­per­son by the Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) in Jan­uary 2013 and her ten­ure was end in Jan­uary 2019.

“I was forced to re­sign due to staff crunch due to which the com­mis­sion was not able to func­tion prop­erly. The com­mis­sion rep­re­sents the 60% pop­u­la­tion of the state and it should be taken se­ri­ously. The com­mis­sion is voice of the women.”

She added that two staff mem­bers re­tired and an­other two got pro­moted. The gov­ern­ment even failed to ap­point a mem­ber sec­re­tary, she said.

In the past one year, Lan­dran had heard 8,500 cases. A se­nior SAD mem­ber said: “The com­mis­sion did not even have 10% of the sanc­tioned staff.”

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