YSRCP official spokesperson, Vasireddy Padma has been sworn-in as the chairperson of Andhra Pradesh State Women’s Commission. The state Women & Child Welfare Minister Taneti Vanitha administered the Oath in Vijaywada on Monday. Legislative Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitharam lauded AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s decision of appointing Padma for the job. Of Padma, Sitharam said that her life has had many struggles but she never compromised on values.

“Today, Jagan Mohan Reddy has started implementing it and enacted laws that would ensure equal rights including reservation in political posts to women. All men should be ready to give way for women and should welcome the change,” he said, TNIE reported.

“She now has judicial powers and she should work in an unbiased manner to resolve the issues of women,” he advised.

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Padma showed her gratitude towards Reddy for selecting her for the position and hopes to make an impact and create a system that works to prevent crimes against women rather than responds to a crime after the crime has happened. “Stress will be laid on to bring change in the school curriculum to educate children about gender equality, respect to women and rights of women,” she said.

Senior party leader Padma took the position after Nannapaneni Rajakumari resigned from the post following the change of government in the state. She belongs to the Kamma community of Krishna district who joined the YSRCP party in 2011 along with her husband Kanikarla Wesley. She has been a staunch critic of Telugu Desam Party and its chief Chandrababu Naidu.

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“The fairer sex is indeed going through a difficult phase as the safety of girls and women are a major concern in almost every household today”

“I will look through the problems of all including women, children and gram volunteers of this state. I am also thankful to the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy,” Padma said. Addressing her maiden press meet in Vijaywada on Thursday last week before formally taking charge of the position, Padma lamented the high crime rate against women in Andhra Pradesh. She said that the focus of the Mahila Commission would be to identify and address the key factors adding to these crimes.

“The fairer sex is indeed going through a difficult phase as the safety of girls and women are a major concern in almost every household today,” she said.

Deputy CM Pushpa Sreevani, Narayana Swamy, Ministers Dharmana Krishna Das, Taneti Vanitha, Cherukuvada Sri Ranganatha Raju, MLA RK Roja, MP Vanga Geetha, Chinta Anuradha, Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy also attended the swearing-in ceremony.

Picture credit: The Hans India

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