Women’s Commission asked to make way for Law Commission
Srinagar, Mar 30: The Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Protection of Women and Child Rights has been ordered to vacate its offices in Jammu and Srinagar to accommodate State Law Commission. The State government, which is under president’s rule and run by the Governor, Satya Pal Malik and his advisors, has ordered the women’s commission to vacate from both of its offices. The commission has its offices at Pragati Bhawan, Bahu Plaza Jammu and Old Assembly Complex, Badshah Bridge, Srinagar. The instructions in this regard, have already been issued with directions to immediately vacate the commission offices. Secretary Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, has been, as per an official order, made responsible for completion of all the “necessary formalities for hiring of the building and also for furnishing of the building and regular payment of rent and all other dues.” An official at Women’s Commission said that the commission is already working without the chairperson and now the Estates Department has issued the order to “throw it out and accommodate Law Commission in the building”. “We have to hand over the possession to the commission till Monday and they have not arranged any accommodation for us,” the official said. Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Secretary Women’s Commission, Lal Chand said, “We received the government order yesterday, which we have to follow.” Director Estates, Tariq Hussain Ganai, said, “We will provide new accommodation to the Women’s commission shortly and without providing accommodation they will not be vacated.” He refused to comment when asked why the same accommodation wasn’t being provided to the Law Commission in the first place.