Berhampur, Dec 1 (LocalWire) With Odisha assembly polls and General Elections round the corner, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday tried to woo female voters and said his government is taking several steps for empowering women.
“My government has taken several initiatives like Mission Shakti, reservation of 50 percent women in panchayat bodies to empower them,” said Patnaik.
The latest one was the resolution passed in the last session of the state assembly for reserving one-third seats for women, he said at a public meeting, where women participants outnumbered their male counterparts.
Describing it a historic decision, the chief minister said Odisha has shown its commitment and resolve to the entire country, where women are truly empowered.
He said several women folks in the state have shown their talent in the national and international arena and made Odisha proud.
Former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik in 1992 had brought the women to the realm of political decision-making by providing 33 per cent reservation for them in local bodies, while the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government has further enhanced it to 50 percent.
“Women work hard for the welfare of their family as well as the society and their empowerment is necessary,” he said.
Before addressing the gathering at here, Patnaik also addressed a public meeting at Palur, about 25-km from here under Gopalpur assembly constituency.
He addressed the gatherings at both the places after inaugurating and laying foundation stones of different projects worth over Rs 300 crore.
Major projects include railway overbridge at Gopalpur junction (Rs 95-crore), projects of Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) ( Rs 114.15-crore), and projects of Berhampur University (Rs 12-crore)..
Major projects of BeMC included traffic light system, construction of roads under Odisha Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP), restoration of drains and roads, hygienic fish market, underground bin, free Wi-Fi services in the city, and water ATM.
Patnaik also inaugurated the human resources development center, extension of library and academic block buildings at Berhampur University.