After a delay of more than four years, the state government has finally appointed a chairperson for the Maharashtra State Commission for Women.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday approved the name of advocate Susieben Shah to head the commission. The post was lying vacant since 2009.
The chief minister’s office sent a fax to the office of the Women and Child Welfare Department (WCWD) around 6pm to keep the assurance given to the Bombay high court that the vacant posts of the commission will be filled by December 31, 2013.
On December 17, the government had informed the HC that it would complete the procedure of filling up vacancies in the Maharashtra State Commission for Women by December.
Ujjwal Uke, secretary of the WCWD, told dna that they have received the confirmed names form the CMO. “Susieben Shah has been appointed as the chairperson of the commission,” said Uke.
Other members of the commission are Chitra Wagh, Dr Ashatai Mirge, Ashatai Bhise, Jyotsna Vispute, advocate Vijaya Bangade and Usha Kamble.
The members have to be recommended by the Nationalist Congress Party whereas the Congress has to recommend a person for the chairman’s post.
Fauzia Khan, state minister for the WCWD, said they had sent a list of names for the members of the commission long back after endorsement by deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.
Formed in 2006, the commission comprises a chairman and six members preferably women. The aim was to protect the fundamental rights of women.
Susie Shah is the daughter of noted lawyer and former minister BA Desai who had represented Malabar Hill constituency. She is an articulate lawyer and Congress activist.
She had started the Priyadarshini all-women’s taxi service. A major in economics from Sophia college, she later studied law at the Government Law College.
Following her father’s footsteps, she joined the Congress in 1989. Earlier, she was a member of the State Women’s Commission.