Kathmandu: CPN-UML’s Bhagwati Chaudhary became a familiar name to many Nepalis after her win in the November elections. She defeated Nepali Congress heavyweight Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar from Sunsari-3 by a margin of 5,188 votes.
On Tuesday, she was entrusted with the responsibility of Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizen. This is not her first time as a minister though. She was appointed as state minister for forest and soil conservation in August 2012 and served in that capacity for six months.
This time, as a full minister, she confronts a lot of challenges. She will be now leading the policy discourse and implementation of activities related to women, children and senior citizens.
After assuming office on Tuesday, she has assured social justice to concerned groups. She has decided to finalize National Senior Citizen Policy after broader consultation with related stakeholders. She has also promised policy arrangements to ensure women’s participation.
“Many people hold the wrong perception that the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens has a low volume of work,” she said. “I will change this perception. I will work to ensure equality in different levels.”
Chaudhary started her journey as a politician after receiving CPN-UML’s membership in 1990. Since then, she has been active in politics. She was elected as the central committee member of CPN-UML from the ninth and tenth general conventions.