Despite the stand-off between the AAP government and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung over the appointment of DCW chief, it was business as usual for Swati Maliwal, who visited the GB road, the largest red-light area in the national capital, to meet sex workers.
“I visited GB road today and met the women staying there. We covered four buildings and there are around 100 brothels in those buildings. I took stock of the kind of conditions they are living in and what they expect from the government,” Maliwal told PTI.
“I also held consultation with Shakti Vahini and Delhi Aids Control Society, two organisations which are working for the rehabilitation of these women,” she said.
Maliwal said that the commission will soon set up a committee to review the conditions of sex workers living in GB Road area and then propose the panel’s recommendations to Delhi Government.
Jung had yesterday rejected Maliwal’s appointment as chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, saying his approval had not been sought on it, triggering a fresh round of confrontation with the AAP government.
30-year-old Maliwal, who took over as DCW chief two days ago, said, “I have not received any communication from the Delhi Government but we totally respect the constitutionality of the LG’s office and will abide by any communication from him.”
“In case the Delhi government decides to withdraw the notification of my appointment, we will abide by it. I will continue my work until I hear anything from the government,” she said.
“I think this is a minor technical glitch because what is being said is that the file (my appointment) was not sent to LG’s office. I think it will get resolved. It is not a very major issue,” she told reporters.