Govt spends around Rs 1 cr for Hema Commission

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has so far spent around Rs 1 crore to set up the Hema Commission to study the working conditions of women in the film industry. Rs 1,06,55,000 was allotted in the name of the commission between the period 2017 to 2020, an RTI document reveals. Further, it is also learned that Justice Hema received Rs 1,03,22,254 in several instalments as part of the study.

The government appointed the Hema Commission to study the problems of women in the Malayalam film industry. Although the commission has submitted the report, the government has not yet implemented any of the recommendations suggested in the report. The government is of the view that they are examining in detail the report before implementation.

The government has set up a commission to study the working conditions of women in the film industry after the WCC, a women's group in the Malayalam film industry, met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in person soon after the abduction involving an actress. Additionally, a commission comprising Vatsalakumari and actress Sharada also submitted a report to the state government in 2019.

The commission also recorded the statements of about 60 women in the film industry. However, WCC has protested against the lacklustre approach from the government in implementing the recommendations tabled by the commission.

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