In a record of sorts, former cabinet secretary Alok Rawat has been appointed as the first male member of National Commission for Women (NCW) thereby filling the fourth seat in the five-member body.
Rawat, a 1977 batch Sikkim cadre IAS officer, has served in several capacities. He was the director/joint secretary, ministry of defence and ministry of road transport and highways; secretary (UPSC); secretary (coordination and public grievances) in the cabinet secretariat and secretary in ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation.
Determined to voice his opinions in the NCW, he said, “I feel a presence of a male in the commission will provide a better understanding of women’s issues.”
“Working in the NCW will be a new experience to me and my focus will be to learn responsibilities of the job, particularly women’s issues. It will also provide the semblance of a right balance in an all-women body,” he added.