By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, January 12: Assam Pradesh Mahila Congress (APMC) president Mridula Saharia said that after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi it was AICC president Sonia Gandhi who worked hard for the empowerment of women. She said that in 2009 Soniaji had taken the initiative to increase the percentage of reservation for women from 33 per cent to 50 per cent in Panchayat and Municipality elections.
Saharia further said that the Congress is the only party that encourages women to come into active politics. She appealed to all APMC office–bearers to work with dedication and unity, for the betterment of society, and the organization.
She was talking at an interactive session on January 11 at Rajiv Bhavan in the presence of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Anjan Dutta, AICC general secretary CP Joshi, former MLAs Haren Das, Uttara Kalita and others.
Earlier, Joshi asked all APMC office–bearers to give their formal introduction individually. In his inspiring speech, Joshi said the Congress aims to work for the women of Assam at large, through the Assam Pradesh Mahila Congress workers. He urged all the APMC office–bearers to go to every nook and corner of the state and keep a track of the problems faced by women in every district. He said that the APMC members should constitute the booth committees in order to strengthen the organization. “The booth committee members should take up door–to–door visit to the voters of their areas, so that we can reach out to the common people and take stock of their problems. There are a huge number of government schemes for women,” Joshi said, and appealed to the APMC members to instruct the booth committee members to carry out a survey and find out if the women of all districts were been benefited through such government schemes.
Joshi further said that since the municipality elections were just round the corner, the party would give equal importance to women who would want to contest.