Naveen Patnaik calls on PM Modi for one-third reservation for women
"I request you to take the leadership in initiating necessary steps for passing the Bill for reservation of one-third of seats in Parliament and State Legislatures for women," said the Chief Minister in a letter to the Prime Minister.
He assured full support from the state government for providing women with their rightful place in the decision-making process.
"Empowerment of women is the empowerment of the nation. No household, no society, no state, no country has ever moved forward without empowering its women. The principle of gender equality is enshrined in our Constitution. The country will move forward with much greater momentum only if the other half of our population, our mothers, sisters and daughters, have a role in the highest decision making bodies of our states and our country," he added.
(With inputs from agencies.)