Women have a big role in the society
Without progress of women in the society, prosperity cannot be ushered in
The State Government working to bring about a positive change on woman empowerment
Lucknow-Kanpur together can expedite development in a big way
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that women have a very big and important role in a society and added that without progress of women, prosperity cannot be ushered in. For progress education was very important, the Chief Minister added and said that history was witness that countries who have rapidly developed were the ones which paid special attention to education, villages and welfare of the poor and the marginalized.
The Chief Minister was today speaking at inauguration of the LucknowKanpur chapter of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) at the hotel Taj. The Chief Minister earlier inaugurated the programme by lighting the ceremonial inaugural lamp.
On this occasion, Mr. Yadav also launched the “We Initiative’-a programme of FLO of women empowerment and increasing their share in various sectors. Mr. Yadav further said that women in our country have worked on various important and prestigious posts like President, Prime Minister and Chief Ministers. Socialists, he pointed out, also held Draupadi, Savitri and Sita as great women while adding that he held that some traits of these great women were present in some form or other in all women. He further detailed that socialists consider Draupadi a woman of substance and rightly so because she had courage and self-expression along with a serious and strong thought and capability of struggle. He also said that Samajwadi government in the state was working relentlessly for welfare of all sections of the society without any prejudice. Through women empowerment, he said, the state government was trying to usher in a positive thought in the society. For this many programmes have been rolled out like concessions in registry of land when done in name of a woman, which was initiated by the previous Samajwadi government. In the Samajwadi pension Scheme, priority is given to woman, he pointed out. While the amount of pension was very less, it still gave financial aid and respect to the beneficiary family in the society, the Chief Minister said.
Mr. Yadav also cited various other government run schemes of women empowerment like ‘1090’ Women power line, a 1090 mobile application, constituting the Rani Laxmibai Mahila Samman Kosh, under which recently 20 woman village heads and 19 other women were honoured. He also mentioned the Kanya Vidya Dhan which is given to class XIIth pass girls for higher education. The Chief Minister apprised the gathering that whenever he came across a beneficiary of this scheme and he asked the girl on what would she would do of the money, she responded that the money will be given to her mother. Never has any one said, father and this reflects the important role of a woman, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister also said that Kanpur and Lucknow together can spur the pace of development. He also referred to a recent report by ASSOCHAM in which the work and initiatives of the state government have been lauded. Mr. Yadav said with help and cooperation from FICCI and ASSOCHAM like organizations, the pace of development in the state can be fast-tracked.
Member of Parliament Mrs. Dimple Yadav in her address said that the inauguration of the Lucknow-Kanpur chapter of FLO was a good beginning and added that woman empowerment was directly linked to the progress of the state and the nation. The beginning of the chapter would enhance woman entrepreneurship in the state she added. She also expressed hope that the FLO would go a long way in ushering in the desired change in lives of women in the state.
The event was also addressed by famous film maker and choreographer Mrs. Farah Khan, National president of FLO Ms. Archana Garodia Gupta, Lucknow-Kanpur chapter president Ms. Jyotsana Habibullah.
Also present on the occasion were Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan, Principal Secretary (Information) Mr. Navneet Sehgal and other officials of the state government, district administration, office bearers of FLO, industrialists and other dignitaries.