Former cabinet minister Vakiti Sunita Laxma Reddy took charge as the Chairperson of the Telangana State Women’s Commission on Friday. The event, held at the office of the Buddha Commission, was presided over by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) of which Reddy is a member. Ministers at the event impressed upon the work done towards women’s empowerment in the state and reforms to further come.
According to news agency PTI, six other women have been appointed to the Commission as members. The TRS party identified these women on social media, naming them as Shaheen Afroz, Gaddila Padma, Kumra Ishwaribai, Soodam Lakshmi, Umadevi Yadav, and Revathirao.
Pictures from the event showed a considerable number of people in attendance at the ceremony. Reddy, on the occasion, said that as Chairperson she would work towards welfare schemes for women and upliftment.
తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్ర మహిళా కమిషన్ చైర్పర్సన్గా సునీతా లక్ష్మారెడ్డి శుక్రవారం బాధ్యతలు స్వీకరించారు. మహిళా కమిషన్ సభ్యులుగా షాహీన్ ఆఫ్రోజ్, గద్దల పద్మ, కుమ్ర ఈశ్వరీబాయి, సూదం లక్ష్మి, ఉమాదేవి యాదవ్, రేవతీరావు బాధత్యలు స్వీకరించారు. pic.twitter.com/WAIS9y0vOM
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TRS Working President KT Rama Rao was present on the occasion. Reports suggest Rao, also the State IT and Municipal Administration Minister, elaborated how efforts of the Telangana government had resulted in low infant deaths and high institutional deliveries.
Earlier this week, Telangana also saw its first female Chief Justice of High Court Hima Kohli take charge.Read more on that here.
Who is Sunita Laxma Reddy?
Sunita Laxma Reddy is a former minister who served with the Congress party when Andhra Pradesh was undivided. She was elected thrice as MLA from the Narsapur Assembly Constituency under the cabinet of Dr YS Raja Sekhar Reddy. Currently, in N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s TRS cabinet, she works on women’s welfare and pensions. In December 2020, she was appointed the Chairperson of Telangana’s Women’s Commission. She formally took charge on January 8.