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CHENNAI: The State unit of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has stressed the need for efforts to provide statutory powers to the State Women’s Commission (SWC), besides ensuring its independent functioning.

A memorandum submitted by an AIDWA team led by State president N.Amirtham and general secretary U.Vasuki to chairperson of the Commission K.M.Ramathaal on Thursday said all policies and schemes related to women should be evolved in consultation with the SWC. The AIDWA unit urged the Government to implement special schemes for women, besides earmarking 40 per cent of the funds for them. Priority should be given to women below the poverty line and Dalits, it said.

Demanding allocation of 40 per cent of the funds for the local bodies, it called for 10 per cent sub quota in the budgetary allocations for women. The Government should ensure that 33 per cent of the members of the district level Government panels were women.

The activities of the district level advisory panels formed to curb escalating incidents of trafficking should be subjected to review, the memorandum said. It urged the SWC to initiate a debate on issues relating to implementation of the law to eliminate female foeticide.

The Commission should play a key role in ensuring that necessary amendments were incorporated in the rural job scheme as over 80 per cent of the beneficiaries were women, it said.

Panels to look into complaints of sexual assault should be formed in all the Government departments and private organisations. Steps had to be initiated to ensure that the already existing committees functioned as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court, the memorandum said.