Odisha House passes 33% reservation for women

first_imgThe Odisha Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution by unanimous voice vote for providing 33% reservation for women in Legislative Assemblies and Parliament. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had initiated discussion on the motion.Mr. Patnaik termed the motion as “historic”. The move is being viewed as a masterstroke to woo the women voters ahead of the forthcoming elections. There are 12 women legislators in the 147-member State Assembly at present.Mr. Patnaik, known for initiating women-focussed programmes, said that no household, no society, no State, no country has ever moved forward without empowering its women. He appealed to the legislators to extend their support and adopt the resolution unanimously.Stating that the principle of gender equality is enshrined in our constitution, Mr. Patnaik said Biju Babu was the true champion of women’s empowerment. “In 1992, he brought women to the realm of political decision-making by providing 33% reservation for women in local bodies.”Mr. Patnaik, whose government has enhanced reservation for women in local bodies to 50%, said that the real number was much more than 50% in the State at present. “From Malkangiri to Sundargarh, we witness the new Odisha. An Odisha with lakhs of Mamata Padhiamis and Jayanti Ekkas,” said Mr. Patnaik, while citing the examples of Mamata Padhiami, a girl from Malkangiri and Jayanti Ekka, a grassroots entrepreneur from Sundargarh.last_img

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