Ms. Rekha Sharma assumed the charge of
Chairperson, National Commission for Women on August 7, 2018.
Previously Smt. Sharma held the additional
charge of the Chairperson (I/C), National Commission for Women with effect from
September 29, 2017. Smt. Sharma has been a Member of the Commission since
August, 2015. Before joining the Commission, Smt. Sharma was actively associated
with civil society organizations in different capacities.
Smt. Sharma has worked extensively on issues
impacting women's lives. She has conducted over 50 inquiries in matters relating
to deprivation of women's rights and liberty. Smt. Sharma has been championing
the cause of vulnerable sections of women, including women workers in tea
gardens that have been closed, and women in shelter homes.
The issues related to female prisoners are
particularly close to her heart. She has actively been advocating for improving
the conditions of the women prisoners, especially the undertrails. She has been
visiting a number of jails and made recommendations for improving the facilities
provided to the jail inmates.
During her time at the Commission, Smt. Sharma
has pro-actively been pursuing the concerns of the Indian women deserted by
their NRI husbands living abroad including issues related to child custody. She
has also extensively worked on the cases related to sexual harassment of women.
Smt. Sharma has also conducted numerous
capacity building programmes for police personnel in India. In addition, she has chaired a large number of Mahila Jan Sunwais/ Public Hearings,
across the country, in which, over 2,000 complaints have been addressed.
Married to an Army Officer, she has worked
towards promoting better standard of living and education for wives and children
of soldiers to make them more self reliant in order to brave the day-to-day
rigors and challenges of the Army life.
Prior to joining the Commission, she was a
Member of the District Consumer & Redressal Forum in the Government of Haryana.
Smt. Sharma has also been instrumental in the establishment of a registered NGO
called 'Haryana Mahila Uthan Samiti' which works for the empowerment of rural
women in the state.
Mr. Alok Rawat
An IAS officer of 1977 batch of Sikkim cadre,
Shri Alok Rawat joined as a Member of the National Commission for Women with
effect from 20th October, 2015, afternoon. A scholar extraordinary, with
highest academic degrees from India and abroad, Shri Rawat brings with him a
rich reservoir of administrative experience with a variety of postings in his
State cadre as well as in the Centre. He was secretary in the Government of
India for more than four years, having worked in the Cabinet Secretariat,
Administrative Reforms, Public Grievances and Pensions as well as Secretary in
the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and
Union Public Service Commission. In his state cadre, he worked in the field of
Planning and Development, Education, Rural Development, Finance, etc. Shri
Rawat was instrumental in ushering innovative changes and improvements in
whichever organisation or department he had worked, including introduction of
CNG in public transport buses in Delhi, negotiation for bus services between
India and Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, Nepal etc. He has been involved with
the usage of 'Adhaar' numbers in pension matters and in the launching of
'Pragati' initiative by the Prime Minister for speedy and effective redressal
of public grievances. He also represented the country at the global water fora
in Sweden and was involved in streamlining issues relating to Indus Water
Treaty with Pakistan.
Dr. Satbir Bedi
Member Secretary (23-01-2017)