Gujarat Chief Minister starts LED display panel on eve of Republic Day at Bhavnagar
“Gujarat first to pass women’s empowerment Bill for 50% reservation in local bodies, but denied assent despite Governor being a woman”
– Narendra Modi
Ahmedabad, Wednesday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today resolved to ensure that Gujarat gets 50 per cent reservation for women in local self-government bodies and panchayats.
Addressing a huge women’s rally at Bhavnagar on the eve of 63rd Republic Day, he recalled that Gujarat is the first state in the country to have passed women’s empowerment Bill in the Legislative Assembly for 50 per cent reservation in the local bodies, but it has been denied assent despite the state’s Governor being a woman. He would not wait till the Act comes into force.
Gujarat has already started several unique projects for women during the last ten years, including ‘Mission Mangalam’ for women’s economic empowerment, ‘Girls Enrolment’ and ‘Reduce School Dropout Rate’ drives, waiving stamp duty and registration fee for women buying family property. He said that the ‘Save Girl Child’ campaign in the state has resulted in reversing the adverse gender ratio from 827 to 906 females per every 1,000 males.
He said that if women are empowered, the nation would be powerful. Women play a very dominant role in the country’s farming and dairy sectors. He said that India has accorded full voting rights to women from the beginning as they donned top posts in the country, the precedence spilling over to neighbouring countries as well. Several advanced democratic countries in the West still do not allow women to be Prime Minister. He described media reports about the neglect of women as a canard against India. In no other religion womenfolk accorded the status of Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga as epitomes of wealth, knowledge and power.
Mr. Modi earlier inaugurated LED message display panel under e-Prasar Project to connect 111 village panchayats in the district. He also inaugurated Village Self-Employment Centre’s Help Line Number, loans for which were approved by SBI. DDO and other officers handed over cheques worth Rs.12.75-lakh. The display panel would show important messages across the district in fraction of a minute.
He also took round of stalls put up by Sakhi Mandals displaying skills in sari printing, cutlery, catering, decoration, toy making, embroidery, sewing and bead works, incense sticks, papad and pottery.
In another example of the Centre coming in the way of Gujarat’s development, Mr. Modi said that pipelines for distribution of cooking gas have been laid in Bhavnagar and Botad, but not getting the requisite gas.
To mark the National Voters’ Awareness Day being observed on January 25, the Chief Minister appealed to every adult to exercise their voting right as their duty.