10 March 2019
Kendrapara: In a bid to empower the women of the State further, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made a major announcement at Mission Shakti convention in Kendrapara and said that Odisha will send 33 per cent women to parliament in coming election.
Addressing the gathering of Self Help Groups, he said, “I would like to announce here at Kendrapada, the ‘karma bhumi’ of legendary Biju Babu, that Odisha will send 33 per cent women to parliament in coming election. The women of Odisha will lead the way in women empowerment in India.”
“In the 1990s, Biju Babu showed the way to the entire Nation. It is he who for the first time in India implemented 33 per cent reservation for women in the three tier Panchayati Raj Institutions and Government jobs. In 2012, your government enhanced it to 50 per cent. Taking the move forward, last year, your Government, for the first time, passed a resolution in the Odisha State Legislative Assembly to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in both the Parliament and State Legislatures. I have also sent a proposal to all he national parties and Chief' Ministers in this regard,” he added.
“If India is to be an advanced Nation like America and China, then women empowerment is the only answer. I call upon all the National parties that they should be true to their words, and must follow what they are propagating for women empowerment. This announcement at Kendrapara, the sacred land of Lord Baladevjew, will create history in the journey of women empowerment in India,” he concluded.