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Functions of the Commission

  1. Subject to the proviso of the Meghalaya State Commission for Women Act 2005, the Commission shall perform all or any of the following functions, namely;
    1. inquire into unfair practice, take decision thereon and to recommend to the Government the action to be taken in that matter.
    2. investigate and examine all matters relating to the safeguards provided for women under the Constitution of India (herein after referred to as the Constitution) and other laws and recommend steps to be taken by the State Government for effective implementation of such safeguards for improving the conditions of women in the State;
    3. present to the State Government annually and at such other times as the Commission may deem fit reports upon the working of these safeguards.
    4. review from time to time the existing provisions of the Constitution and other laws affecting women and recommend amendments thereto so as to suggest remedial legislative measure to meet any lacunae, inadequacies or shortcomings in such legislations;
    5. take up the cases of violation of the provisions of the Constitution and of other laws relating to women in the State with the appropriate authorities;
    6. look into complaints and take suo moto notice of matters relating to –
      1. deprivation of women’s rights;
      2. non-implementation of laws enacted to provide protection to women and also to achieve the objective of equality and development;
      3. non-compliance of policy decisions, guidelines or instructions aimed at mitigating hardships and ensuring welfare and providing relief to women, and take up the issues arising out of such matters with appropriate authorities;
    7. call for special studies or investigations into problems or situations arising out of discrimination and atrocities against women and identify the constraints so as to recommend strategies for their removal
    8. evaluate the progress of advancement of women in the State.
    9. inspect or cause to be inspected a jail, police station/lockup, observation home, children’s home, rescue home, shelter home, or other place of custody where women are kept as prisoners or otherwise and take up with the authorities concerned such matters for remedial action as may be necessary.
  2. The State Government may consult the Commission on policy matters affecting women.
  3. 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 non-acceptance, if any, of such recommendations.
  4. 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 Government is concerned as the State Government may call for.