In a letter to the Prime Minister, Naveen assured his authorities’s full assist in giving girls their rightful place within the decision-making course of.
Naveen’s letter to Modi comes a fortnight after the the state meeting unanimously handed a decision in search of 33 per cent reservation for girls in Parliament and state assemblies. Initiated by Naveen, the decision was handed on November 20, regardless that the Women’s Reservation Bill or the Constitution (108th modification) Bill is pending earlier than Parliament.
“Empowerment of women is the empowerment of the nation. No household, no society, no state and no country has moved forward without empowering its women,” he famous in his letter.
Stating that the precept of gender equality was enshrined within the Constitution, Naveen mentioned, “The country will move forward with greater momentum only if the other half of our population – our mothers, sisters and daughters – play a role in the highest decision-making bodies of the states and the country.”
Positioning Odisha as a pioneering state within the empowerment of girls, Naveen mentioned former chief minister and his father Biju Patnaik had introduced them to the realm of political decision-making by reserving one-third of all seats in panchayati raj establishments and concrete native our bodies within the early 1990s – a primary within the nation. It was raised to 50 per cent by Naveen in 2011. He additionally mentioned his father applied equal wages for each women and men.
Though BJP had supported the decision within the meeting, it had criticized the state authorities, saying the intention behind shifting the decision was to woo girls voters forward of the elections.