Delhi Chief Secy visits DCW office, praises work done by Commission
NEW DELHI: The Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev on Monday visited the office of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) at Vikas Bhawan. Chairperson DCW Swati Maliwal had called on the Chief Secretary last week who had expressed his desire to visit and observe the work of the Commission. He interacted with various project staff of the Commission and appreciated the work and achievements of the Commission. He assured the Commission his full support. He was accompanied by the Secretary, Women and Child Development Rashmi Krishnan.
Maliwal apprised the Chief Secretary of the work done by the Commission in the last three and half years and explained the various projects of the Commission. She informed him that since its reconstitution in 2015, the Commission has dealt with 52,473 complaints in three years which is an annual increase of over 70 percent compared with the work done by the previous Commission in 8 years. "Over 2.35 lakh calls were acted upon by the 181 Women Helpline of the Commission in the past 2.5 years and the Mobile Helpline Program of the Commission conducted over 43,497 visits to assist women in distress. In addition to the above, 10,619 complaints registered with the Mahila Panchayat centres of the Commission in various communities and 15,843 community meetings were organised by the Mahila Panchyats in two years," Maliwal told the Chief Secretary.
She also apprised the Chief Secretary of the issues faced by the Commission which is primarily the severe space crunch and shortage of staff. She informed that due to space constraints in the office, there is severe overcrowding of complainants which was personally observed by the Chief Secretary. The Chief Secretary assured full cooperation and stated that additional space shall be provided to the Commission on priority basis. He lauded the staff of the Commission working day and night to assist the aggrieved women and girls despite the constraints faced by them.
The Chief Secretary also assured that steps shall be taken to streamline the working relation of police and the Commission.