Search and select panel to go for new women’s commission without political affiliations

Shillong, July 28: Social Welfare Minister Paul Lyngdoh said the search and select committee  will ensure that the new women’s commission does not consist of  political appointees.

Phidalia Toi had quit recently over her differences with the social welfare minister who referred her case with the Election Commission of India and also alleged that she did not attend many meetings.


The search and select committee was formed with Commissioner and Secretary, Social Welfare Department as the chairperson.

Other official members are Secretary in-charge personnel and AR department, director of social welfare ( member secretary), deputy inspector general of police (DIG CID), director of health services.

Principal of Lady Keane College, Shillong, principal of Women’s College Shillong and head of the department of social work, MLCU are the non-official members of the committee.

“We will ensure that we don’t allow any politicisation of the process of selection,” Lyngdoh told reporters.

He said the search and select committee has been notified on July 24, in a very transparent manner by including eminent educationists as its members.

The task of the committee is to identify and recommend names of eminent women, who have rendered their services for cause of women, who have sufficient knowledge and experience in dealing with women’s issues and problems, as chairperson, vice chairperson and members of the MSCW as and when vacancies are notified.

The term of the search and select committee will be for a period of three years from the date of notification.

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