Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has been admitted to an emergency ward in a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit district today. Officials, while denying reports of a breathing problem, said that the minister has a stone in gall bladder and is likely to be airlifted to Delhi soon, an ANI report said.
As per PTI report, the minister, who is also the local MP, had met District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police earlier in the day. After this she went to the guest house. All her programmes of the rest of the day has been cancelled. No one is being permitted to meet the Maneka Gandhi in the hospital.
The minister has been in the news over last month for taking up various pressing issues. She had written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking him that at least one third of vacancies be filled by women in the police force, an Indian Express report had said. Her letter had come following Supreme Court’s order to state governments asking them to fill up 5 lakh vacancies in the police force. The minister, in her letter, had said that 33 percent reservation for women in the force is needed to improve the “overall sensitivity of police towards crimes against women,” the paper added.
Maneka Gandhi had further said that even after Centre’s mandating the reservation in all Union Territories and seven states also agreeing to follow suit, recruitment is yet to “pick up”.
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“With the Supreme Court pushing for filling the vacant posts in the police force, I see an opportunity where we can make this happen… At this stage, if we can direct that at least 1/3rd of these vacancies should be filled up with women, we can greatly enhance the percentage of women in the force,” the letter had said.
As per the report, from 5 lakh vacancies, 1.81 lakh posts are lying vacant in Uttar Pradesh alone, from where, both ministers have been elected as members of Parliament.