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High Court says 'appoint by Dec 31' #NoMoreDelay

Spurthi Kolipaka
Hyderabad, India

Dec 3, 2020 — 

Dear friends

It's another great morning today. The High Court chided the Govt. for running a Women's Commission without a chairperson for over 2 years and said statutory bodies cannot be functional or operational without a chairperson. If the Govt. fails to appoint one by Dec 31st, the Chief Secretary will have to take the stand at court. This is usually a very embarrassing and a matter of shame for governance. The next hearing is set for January 4th, by when, most likely, we will have a Commission!!

Let's take a moment to unpack what this means for all of us, shall we?! The High Court's statement "Statutory bodies cannot be made to function without a head and this is a matter of serious concern", gives all of us hope. It may have taken Telangana Women's Commission more than 2 years, but it doesnt have to for various other statutory bodies in other States or at the centre. Let us use this knowledge and information and start filing PILs, write letters to respective Chief Justices raising issues of dysfunctional statutory bodies. Let us use the power we have to do our bit in upholding institutions of democracy!

Jai Hind! As always, grateful for the support!

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