Kerala Women's Commission
A Bill corresponding to National Commission for Women was drafted out in the State of Kerala as the Kerala Women's Commission Bill, 1990 and sent for the consent of the President of India in 1990.The draft Bill was framed under the guidance of the then Minister for Social Welfare Smt. K. R. Gouri Amma with legal aid from Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer and Justice Subramanian Potti and suggestions of womens organisations.
But unfortunately the bill was pending for five years from 1990 to 1995 to get the consent of the President. The Kerala Women's Commission Act was finally passed with the consent of the President on 15-9-1995. The first Commission, formed during the tenure of Shri. A. K. Antony as Chief Minister came into force on 14-3-1996. The Commission was headed by Smt. Sugatha Kumari, the eminent poetess and social worker. The Commission also constituted of 3 other Members and 2 ex-officio members who are noted dignitaries of the society.In 1997 the newly constituted commission was reconstituted as per the act and started function after the inauguration by Smt.Suseela Gopalan, Former Minister of Social Welfare.
The commission perfoms as a statutary body,it performs on all matters relating to women's problems.The commission inquire into the complaints of any unfair practice and take on decisions.Then the commission will recommend to the government,what action to be taken in that matter.The investigations relating to the issue concerning women is carried out by the head of the invesigation wing,Director of KWC.
commission is also responsible to improve the social status of women.The commission ensures to guarantee equal opportunity to women in the state public service and state public undertakings in the matter of promotion sand recruitment and if necessary the commission report or recommend it to the government action.