Chandigarh, Mar 8 : The Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Monday unanimously passed a resolution saluting the “indomitable spirit of women in contributing to the progress of the Nation”, with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh declaring his government’s strong and continued commitment to the empowerment of women and the girl child at every level, including the family, the work place and the society in general.
Recognising the immense contribution of women in making this world a better place to live, the House resolved “to work with dedication towards providing them an ambience of equity, justice, and freedom to further empower them to be equal partners in the progress of Punjab and our country.” The Akalis continued to remain suspended as per the Speaker’s directions.
Lauding the decisions of the state government to provide 50 per cent reservation for women in the Urban Local Bodies and the Panchayati Raj Institutions, and 33 per cent reservation in state government employment, it noted that ‘this ensures better representation of women in decision-making and contributes to the furtherance of their interests.’
Earlier, placing the resolution before the House on the occasion of the International Women’s Day today, the Chief Minister termed it an occasion “to realistically assess where we have reached and to rededicate ourselves to providing a life of equality and dignity to every woman in the state.”
Recalling the words of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, who had said about women: “so kyun manda aakhiye jittu jammen rajan”, Capt Amarinder stressed the importance of various measures to power the changing attitudes about women. He expressed happiness over the fulfilment of his government’s promise to provide 50 per cent reservation in Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies, asserting that “this increased political representation will provide political empowerment to women.”