‘our goal is the empowerment of women’ | Bhubaneswar News

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Friday his government has always maintained that no household, society, state or country has ever moved forward without empowering its women.
Speaking at a meeting of the State Commission for Women (SCW), Naveen said that at the heart of her government’s major initiatives is the effort to make girls and women financially independent and truly autonomous.
“Mission Shakti is one of our flagship programs. It encompasses in its fold 70 lakh women in all habitations in the state. Mission Shakti symbolizes the transformation taking place across the state – helping women emerge as decision-makers and torchbearers of a new, inclusive Odisha,” Naveen said.
Stating that women’s representation in democratic institutions – from panchayats to assemblies and parliament – is an important issue for state government, Naveen said Odisha had reserved 50% of seats for women in the polls rural.
In the recently concluded panchayat elections, more than 55% women were elected. Twenty-one out of 30 district presidents are women. In a first by any political party, the BJD also reserved a third of seats for women in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he said. Naveen also talked about some of his government’s programs for women like Mamata, 10 lakh blanket for women under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and Sudakshya program to provide technical education to girls.

Mara R. Wilmoth