Who: Alok Rawat
What: Appointed as first male member of NCW
When: 21 October 2015
Former Water Resources Secretary Alok Rawat on 21 October 2015 was appointed as the first male member of the National Commission for Women (NCW). His appointment filled the fourth seat in the five-member body.
Rawat, a 1977 batch Sikkim cadre IAS officer, has previously worked as Director/Joint Secretary in Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. He also served as the Secretary in UPSC and Secretary in Coordination and Public Grievances in the Cabinet Secretariat and Secretary in Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
In August 2015, Sushma Sahu and Rekha Sharma were also appointed in the NCW.
About National Commission for Women (NCW)
The National Commission for Women (NCW) is a statutory body of the Government of India, generally concerned with advising the government on all policy matters affecting women. It was set up in January 1992 under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990(Act No. 20 of 1990 of GoI).
Objectives of the commission
• To review the Constitutional and Legal safeguards for women
• To recommend remedial legislative measures
• To facilitate redressal of grievances
• To advise the Government on all policy matters affecting women