GUWAHATI, Jan 12 � An interactive session of Assam Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMC) was held on Sunday at Rajiv Bhawan, Guwahati. APCC president Anjan Dutta, general secretary of AICC Dr CP Joshi, former MLAs Dr Haren Das, Uttara Kalita were also present in the meeting held under the presidentship of Mridula Saharia, president, APMC.
All the APMC office bearers attended the meeting.
Addressing the gathering, Mridula Saharia said that carrying the legacy of former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, president of AICC Sonia Gandhi has been working for the empowerment of women.
�In 2009, Sonia Gandhi took the initiative to increase the percentage of reservation for women from 33% to 50%, in Panchayat and Municipality Elections,� said Saharia adding that the Congress is the only party that encourages women to come into active politics. She appealed to all APMC office bearers to work dedicatedly and with unity for the betterment of the society and the organisation.
Dr CP Joshi in his speech said that the Congress party aims to work for the women of Assam at large through the Assam Pradesh Mahila Congress workers. He urged all the APMC office bearers to go to every nook and corner of the state and keep a track of the problems faced by women in every district. He said that APMC members should constitute the booth committees in order to strengthen the organization. �The Booth Committee members should take up door to door visit to the voters of their areas so that we can reach out to the common people and take stock of their problems. There are a huge number of government schemes for women and these should be taken to the women at the grassroots,� he said urging for a survey to find out if the women of all districts have been benefitted through such government schemes.
Joshi further said that since the Municipality Elections are just round the corner, the party would give equal importance to women who would want to contest. �But candidature would be given to women who are dedicated, hard working and active,� he added.
He also said that the APMC should work for the empowerment of women and to uplift them socially, economically and politically. He stressed the importance for forming more Self Help Groups to help women earn their living, thus boosting up their confidence. He concluded his speech by appealing to all APMC office bearers to work for the greater interest of the party so that the Congress party fairs well in the forthcoming elections.