04 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: After initiating a resolution and getting it unanimously passed in Assembly during its recently-concluded Winter Session, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to take necessary steps for passing the Bill for reservation of one third of seats in Parliament and State Legislatures for women.
“I would like to request your goodself to take the leadership in initiating necessary steps for passing the Bill for reservation of one third of seats in Parliament and State Legislatures for women. I assure full support of my Government in providing women their rightful place in the decision making process,” the Odisha Chief Minister has urged the Prime Minister.
He has stated, “Mahatma Gandhi always spoke of gender equality and empowerment of women in society. Taking a historic decision to empower women in our country would be the finest tribute to the Father of the Nation on his 150 Birth Anniversary.”
“As you know Odisha is a pioneering State so far as empowerment of women is concerned. In the early 1990s, the legendary leader Biju Patnaik, for first time in the country, brought women to the realm of political decision making by reserving cne-third of all seats in Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies for them. Besides, he had also implemented for both men and women to ensure gender equality and dignity of labour,” mentions the Chief Minister.
He has also mentioned, “In 2011, Government of Odisha enhanced the reservation for women in Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies to 50 percent. This decision has empowered the women of Odisha and has encouraged them to join the mainstream of development process. I am glad to state that recently, the State Legislative Assembly has adopted a unanimous Resolution to provide for one-third reservation of women in Parliament as well as the State Legislatures.”
“Empowerment of women is the empowerment of the Nation. No household, no society, no State, no country has ever moved forward without empowering its women. The principle cf gender equality is enshrined in our constitution. The country will move forward with much greater momentum only if the other half of our population, our mothers, sisters and daughters, have a role in the highest decision making bodies of our States and our county,” suggests the Odisha Chief Minister.