Odisha’s Every Poor Girl To Get Financial Aid For Marriage, Rs 2000 Widow Allowance: Rahul Gandhi

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08 March 2019


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Bhubaneswar: Visiting Odisha on the special occasion of International Women’s Day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi promised financial assistance to every poor girl for marriage if Congress forms government in Odisha after the upcoming general elections.

He also promised free higher and professional education to every girl student and women of Odisha.

Addressing the public in the tribal-dominated Koraput district of southern Odisha, Rahul said, “We have taken some decisions for the women of Odisha. First one is that of education. Be it technical education, school education, college education, medical education or any kind of higher education, every girl and woman of Odisha will be given free education facility by Congress Government in Odisha.”

He promised, “Every poor girl will be provided financial assistance for marriage,” adding, “So far widow allowance is concerned, it will be enhanced to Rs 2000.”

The Congress president also promised, “A special officer will be posted at every panchayat for looking after women welfare affairs. And for the women entrepreneurs running small and middle size business, a financial corporation will be set up for their full assistance at every panchayat of Odisha.”

“We want to form a government of the people of Odisha, government of the adivasis (tribals), government of the weak and small shopkeepers, labour force and women,” he averred.

Rahul further asserted, “We want that your voice is heard in the Assembly and in the Chief Minister’s Office. We don’t want to air our Mann Ki Baat, but want to run government listening to your Mann Ki Baat.”

Prior to the public address, the Congress president visited Jeypore and interacted with various women groups and said that there should be zero tolerance on violence against women in the country.

He promised that the Women Reservation Bill will be passed in Parliament if Congress comes to power in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

While addressing the women's convention on the occasion of International Women's Day in Jeypore town in Koraput district, Gandhi also admired the "fighting spirit" of women and urged people to recommit themselves to break barriers that hinder the path to equality.

"Fight for your space and don't consider yourself less than anyone," he exhorted.

In her reactions, senior MLA-cum-former BJD Mahila Morcha president Pramila Mallick said, “Why Rahul Gandhi has come today to advocate for the women? He could have spoken those things earlier as their government was at the Centre and could have done them all. When he realized that Naveen Babu has advocated for the women on all fronts, that is why he (Rahul Gandhi) has spoken like this today.”

“They (Congress) have no vote bank of the women. That’s why he (Rahul) is trying to woo the women for votes. We have the votes of women with our government and party leader. Our Hon’ble Chief Minister has already assured the percentage of reservation for women,” she countered.

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Rahul Gandhi, President, AICC

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Pramila Mallick, Senior BJD MLA