Assembly Committee asks Social Welfare to set up rehab centre for women and girls

Shillong, Aug 11: The Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment today asked the Department of Social Welfare for the establishment of a rehabilitation centre for Women and Girls engaged in substance and alcohol abuse.

Chairperson of Assembly Committee for Women Empowerment, Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh lamented the fact that no such centre has been set up for women in Meghalaya till date.

“We also discussed the fact that several NGOs involved in the protection of women in crimes against women and children are not getting their funds at all. We feel disturbed to know that these NGOs, despite the fact that they collaborated and volunteered to assist the government in taking care and assisting these individuals, but are not getting funds that are due to them for many years at a stretch,” she said.

The Committee stated that they have requested the Department of Social Welfare to engage with the Government of India for the release of dues.

“We also brought to the notice of the Commissioner and Secretary, Social welfare, the fact that Orphanages are also suffering because of the lack of funding.  We are happy that the Commissioner and Secretary has assured the committee that they would immediately look into the matter and they would immediately release all funds to all centres for destitute women and orphanages,” the Chairperson stated.

Dr. Lyngdoh also informed that the Committee will be conducting a spot inspection on the 28th of August with two other departments, including the DHS – to inquire about the case of the delay in admitting a pregnant woman in Ganesh Das Hospital.

Shangpliang also asked the Department of Social Welfare to expedite the appointment of Chairperson for State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. “After the retirement of former Chairperson Meena Kharkongor, there is no full-fledged chairperson,” he stated.