The AP Assembly session begins; welcomes initiatives for the empowerment of women

VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly began its session on Thursday with a discussion on women’s empowerment in which YSR congressional lawmakers praised the measures taken by the government for protection and security women.

Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitaram opened the session with the swearing in of MPP Dr Sudha, who recently won the Badvel by-election. The assembly then regretted the death of its former members Mr. Abdul Aziz (Kovvuru), A. Rami Reddy (Duggirala), P. Krishna Murthy (Mummidivaram), P. Ranganayakulu (Hindupur), Vanka Srinivasa Rao (Polavaram), T. Venkaiah (Tadikonda), D. Peraiah (Undi), Pinnelli Lakshma Reddy (Macherla), MV Ramana Reddy (Proddatur) and Dr. S. Pitchi Reddy (Darsi).

Led by the Speaker, the House observed a two-minute silence as a sign of respect for its deceased members.

The assembly held a brief discussion on women’s empowerment. Initiating the debate, Minister of Women and Child Protection Taneti Vanitha pointed out that the state government has implemented several flagship programs for the empowerment of women. She explained the programs in detail, including Jagananna Amma Vodi, YSR Aasara Scheme, YSR Cheyutha Scheme, YSR Kapu Nestham, Jagananna Vasathi Deevena, Jagananna Vidya Deevena Scheme, YSR Pension Kanuka, YSR Sunna Vaddi Scheme, YSRhana PlusornaR SampoR Posamp Poshana, Jagananna Paala Velluva, YSR Swechha (Freedom of Restrictions) program, Disha initiatives, 50 percent reservation for women, and women’s shelter sites.

Nagari MP RK Roja praised Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and pointed out that 65% of municipal president positions and 53% of provincial deputy positions were reserved for women. This shows the CM’s commitment to the empowerment of women.

MPs KV Ushashri Charan, Vidadala Rajini, Viswasarayi Kalavathi, Dasari Sudha, Dr. Vundavalli Sridevi, K. Sreedevi, Reddy Shanthi, Jonnalagadda Padmavati, Kottagulli Bhagya Lakshmi and Dhanalakshmi gave details on various social assistance programs the state.

Mara R. Wilmoth