‘Nothing personal in NCW member Nirmala’s sacking’

A day after the Government removed Nirmala Venkatesh from the NCW,Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhary defended the move saying the former had violated her mandate.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:February 28, 2009 2:30 pm

A day after the Government removed Nirmala Venkatesh from the NCW,Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhary defended the move saying the former had violated her mandate.

“There is a clear mandate given for the National Commission for Women and violation of that attracts removal,” Chowdhary said.

The minister asserted that the decision was taken after great application of mind and after the commission had rejected Venkatesh’s report on the Mangalore pub incident.

“What she says personally against me makes no difference. It is all right in her individual capacity she is perfectly entitled to her opinion,” Chowdhary said.

“I don’t think both of us are more important than the mandate that is laid out for us,” she added.

Venkatesh was removed from the NCW on Friday.

The government issued a notification for her removal with immediate effect saying ‘she had conducted herself in a manner unbecoming of her high post’.

Venkatesh,who headed a three-member team to probe the pub attack,had blamed the pub owners for not providing adequate security.

Her remarks had created a controversy after which the Women and Child Development Ministry sent a separate team to inquire into the incident.

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