West Bengal Commission for Women
The West Bengal Commission for Women was established as an autonomous statutory body after the West Bengal Commission for Women Act was passed in the State Assembly and came into force on 29th July, 1992. The Commissionstarted functioning from 3'd February,1993.
The Women's Commissionis reconstituted every three years.The Commissionshall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairpersonto be nominated by the State Government, nine Members to be appointed by the State Government, of whom at least one shall be a member of the Scheduled Caste and one shall be member of a Scheduled Tribe and an officer of the State Government who shall be the Member-Secretary.
Organogram of Commission for Women
|1.||Smt. Sunanda Mukherjee||Chairperson||033-2321-8608,033-2359-5609 (Extn.206)|
|2.||Smt. Dola Sen||Vice-Chairperson||033-2359-5609(Extn. 209)|
|3.||Sri N.W. Bhutia||lAS. Member-Secretary||033-2321-5895|
|4.||Dr. Sikha Sarkar Aditya||Member|
|5.||Smt. Rahana Khatun||Member|
|6.||Smt. Chaitali Dutta||Member|
|7.||Smt. June Maliah||Member|
|8.||Smt. Sunita Saha||Member|
|9.||Dr. Uma Soren||Member|
|10.||Smt. Nandita Chawdhury||Member|
|11.||Smt. Santa Chhetri||Member|
Officer on SpecialDuty : 033-2334-0036
P.A.to Chairperson : 033-2359-5609
P.A.to Member-Secretary: 033-2334-5324
Office FAX : 033-2334-5324
Pre-litigation Counsellingand ComplaintsCell(PLCC) : 033-2321-0154
LibrarySection : 033-2359-5609(Extn.217)
(i) The Commissionperforms all or any of the following functions :-
(ii) The State Government mayconsult the Commissionon policy matters affecting women.
(iii) The Commission shall, while investigating any matter referred to in clauses (a) and (d) of sub-section (1), have all the powers of a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, while trying a suit, and, in particular, in respect of the following matters :-
(iv.a) The Commission shall present to the State Government every six months and at such other times as the Commission may deem fit reports of its activities together with its recommendations and the State Government shall cause them to be laid before the State Legislature as soon as possible along with a memorandum explaining the action taken or proposed to be taken on the recommendations and the reasons for nonacceptance, if any, of any of such recommendations.
(iv.b) It shall be the duty of the Commission to furnish comments and recommendations on any report of the National Commission for Women on any matter with which the State Government is concerned as that Government may call for.
Any other relevant information
The PLCCstarted as a project of the West Bengal Commission for Women from January 1999 with two trained Counsellors and one Clerk-cum-Typist. It acts as an umbrella for the oppressed and harassed women. Applications/complaints are received from various corners of the state. Applications can be submitted in person or by post and even bye-mail. But for the sake of computerization of the ;LCC data, a standard format has been prescribed which may also be downloaded from: www.wbcw.in.
The applications are first categorized and action taken accordingly.
For family dispute/conjugal problem, Domestic violence, both parties are summoned and amicable settlement is explored through counselling. For successful cases Paribarik Mahila Lok Adalats are organized periodically in collaboration with the SLSA, WB. If settlement is not possible, the complainant is advised to take legal steps. If required, Legal Aid Authority is requested to extend full cooperation.
For sub-judice cases legal counselling is provided through lawyers.
For rape/murder/dowry torture/trafficking/unnatural death cases the matters are immediately referred to the concerned Police Authority/CID for taking necessary action and report.
For cases under sexual harassment at workplace the matter is referred to the concerned administrative authority to submit report as per 'Visakha guidelines'.
Appropriate actions are also taken for 'cyber crime victims' and 'economical crime victims'.
Cases of 'senior citizens are referred to the concerned Sub-divisional Officers for taking action under Senior Citizen Protection Act, 2007.
For inter state cases help of the concerned State Women's Commission/National a Commission for Women is sought for.
For victim women whose husbands are staying abroad, necessary counselling are provided and if required, appropriate authority is contacted.
The Commission's library established in November, 1998 holds a considerable number of books on law, empowerment, health and education of women and children. Several important reports published by different State Women's Commission, National Commission for Women, publications brought out by government departments and non-government organizations and Women's Studies Research Centres of different universities and by international organizations like UNICEF and WHO are included in the holdings of this library. 'Narikantha', the newsletter brought out by the Commission periodically and other publications of the Commission are also available in the Library. Besides, different journals, pamphlets and posters on women's issues are a special attraction of this library. List of books published by this Commission is available in Commission's website: www.wbcw.in.
Library remains open for readers from Monday to Friday from 12.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Permission is given to readers to use the library without any charge on the basis of written application. Xerox facility, documentation, reference services and news-clippings on women's issuesare available.
|Date||Activities & Events||View Details|
|13.05.2017||Seminar on Acid Attack|
|29.04.2017||Seminar on Sexual Harassment of Women at Work place|
|22.04.2017||Paribarik Mahila Lok Adalat (PMLA)|
|11.03.2017||Observance of the International Women's Day|
|31.01.2017||Coordination Meeting with Police Authorities, i.e., WBP, CID& KP|
|21.01.2017||Seminar on PCPNDT Act|
|26.10.2016||A Report on Observance of International Fortnight Organized by West Bengal Commission for Women-1|
West Bengal Commission for Women
Address : Jalasampad Bhavanno 10th Floor), OF-Block,Sector-I
Salt LakeCity, Kolkata-700091.
(Location: Adjacent to BikashBhavan,Salt Lake,Kolkata-700091
Website : Link to official website www.wbcw.in
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