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MSCW chief gets short tenure of six months

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SHILLONG, June 30: Iamonlang Syiem, who was recently appointed chairperson of the Meghalaya State Commission for Women (MSCW) will have a short tenure of only six months as the tenure of the present body is set to end in December.
According to sources, the new chairperson is yet to assume charge.
The government is yet to clarify if the tenure of the present body will be extended. The MSCW remained non-functional for a year since the post of the chairperson was lying vacant following the resignation of Phidalia Toi on June 24 last year.
With the post of chairperson remaining vacant, it was difficult for the vice-chairperson to take up the responsibility of the chairperson since she is based in Garo Hills and is preoccupied with engagements there.
Sources on Sunday said the members also could not attend to the various commitments without the chairperson. “In the absence of a chairperson, Meghalaya had to be represented by a member for any meeting of the National Commission, which has shown the state in poor light,” sources said.

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