10 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar has assured Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik that his party will support the resolution of 33 per cent reservation for women as and when it comes up in the Parliament.
In a letter to Patnaik, he congratulated the former for the resolution passed by Odisha Assembly for providing 33 per cent reservation for women in the State Legislature.
Pawar informed that in his fourth term as Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 1991, he had brought a legislation to pave way for women empowerment. The Women's Bill provided for 33 per cent reservation for women among elected representatives in all local government bodies, such as Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis, Zilla Parishads, Municipalities and Municipal Corporations.
In April 2011, the Maharashtra State Assembly unanimously approved 50 per cent reservation for women in all local bodies including panchayat samitis, zilla parishads and municipal corporations in the State, he added.
"Our Party, from its very inception has believed that empowering women by giving them fair reservation in legislative decision making. I once again congratulate you and assure you that our Party will support the resolution as and when it comes up in the Parliament," said Pawar.