Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): On behalf of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, BJD MP Sasmit Patra raised demand for Women’s Reservation Bill on Wednesday during the Zero Hour in Parliament.
On the Parliament session, Patra uttered about the importance of Women’s empowerment in India in context of economic, social and political empowerments.
Further he stated on political women empowerment that BJD President Naveen Patnaik had reserved 33% seats for the women in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections for his party and how Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has been strongly demanding for the passage of Women’s Reservation Bill.
The BJD MP contended about true women empowerment which could be achieved only if political empowerment through the passage of Women’s Reservation Bill is ensured.
Over citing about social and economic empowerment, Patra stated that the Union Government should study the model of Mission Shakti Programme of Odisha which has empowered more than 80 lakh women through Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs).
Patra proposed that just as the Centre had brought about the National Maternity Scheme after considering Odisha’s Mamata Yojana as a benchmark model, similarly the Centre should now consider bringing about a National Programme on the lines of Odisha’s Mission Shakti which would lead to social and economic empowerment of women.