Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday introduced a resolution in the assembly, proposing 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state legislative assemblies.
Stating that “empowerment of women is very close to my heart”, Patnaik said, “No household, no society, no state, no country has ever moved forward without empowering its women.”
“Biju Babu was the true champion of women’s empowerment. In 1992, he brought women to the realm of political decision making by providing 33 per cent reservation for women in local bodies,” he said, referring to his father and former CM Biju Patnaik.
Stating that Odisha must show its commitment and resolve to the entire country that it is the land where women are truly empowered, Patnaik appealed to all the lawmakers to extend their support and unanimously adopt the resolution.