The Public Enterprise Committee (PEC) of the state Assembly,which is the apex constitutional authority in the state for monitoring the functioning of the state-owned public sector enterprises,has come down heavily on Gujarat Women Economic Development Corporation Ltd saying needy women were not getting much benefits from the corporations various economic schemes.
In its report submitted recently in the Assembly after reviewing the irregularities highlighted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in the corporation,the PEC wrote,The committee has observed that needy women are not getting much benefits from corporations various economic schemes. Women Economic Development Corporation is meant for financial uplift of women and so it needs to make sincere efforts for this. The committee suggests that it start its new schemes and revive existing ones.
The committee has also observed that the corporation failed to utilise grants from the state and central governments for women development and suggested effective utilisation of the same. It also recommended recruitment for vacant posts so that the staff shortage does not affect implementation of various government schemes.
Finally,the PEC suggested that the corporation widen the ambit of its activity through women rights groups and Sakhi Mandals and recruit professional staff on long-term basis.
The Corporation was established to impart occupational,technical and organisational training to women to enable them become self-dependent. It was also meant to provide the needy women assistance for starting any vocational trade or business such as traditional & non-traditional home industries. The committee also criticised Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) for wasting Rs 14 lakh on Navratri literature.