Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday on the occasion of the International Women’s Day greeted all women of the State and said the aim of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is total empowerment of women. He was addressing a function of the Biju Mahila Janata Dal here.
Naveen said Odisha is a leading State in women’s empowerment and the BJD is committed towards further empowerment of this important section of the society.
He said legendary leader Biju Patniak had taken many historic steps for ensuring rights and security of women. Bijubabu started a new era for women starting by creating reservation in panchayat seats and Government jobs and implementing the Mahila Commission and the Dowry Prohibition Act.
The CM said his Government is trying to strengthen socioeconomic empowerment of women through the schemes like Mamata and Mission Shakti.
Planning and Convergence, Skill Development & Technical Education Minister Usha Devi, Titilagarh MLA Tukuni Sahu, Biju Mahila Janata Dal president Pramila Mallick, MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh, Bijepur MLA Rita Sahu, Handlooms, Textiles and Handicrafts Minister Snehangini Chhuria, MP Sarojini Hembram, Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda, BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena and Bhubaneswar North MLA Priyardarshi Mishra also spoke on the occasion.