ITANAGAR, November 26:
Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the unanimous passage of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, heralding a new era for women in Indian politics. Celebrated as “Pink Constitution Day,” the Constitutional Amendment ensures 33 percent vertical reservation for women across all parliamentary categories.
Chief Minister Khandu commended the Modi government’s unwavering commitment, overcoming four previous unsuccessful attempts since 1996 to enact the Women’s Reservation Bill. This legislative triumph underscores the BJP Government’s focus on women’s empowerment, shaping this year’s Constitution Day into a symbolic tribute to the passage of the historic bill.
Addressing the gathering at the State Legislative Assembly’s Constitution Day celebrations, Khandu outlined the transformative strides in women-led development in Arunachal Pradesh. With 47.34% of Panchayat representatives being women, Khandu expressed optimism for women’s representation exceeding 50% in the State Legislative Assembly.
Highlighting various initiatives, Khandu showcased the government’s achievements, including the provision of over 50,000 LPG connections, construction of 47,000 houses, and significant strides in health and sanitation under various national schemes.
The Chief Minister paid tribute to Dr. B R Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary, emphasizing the living document that is the Constitution and its role in shaping a dynamic and modern India. Dignitaries, including Governor Lt General (Rtd) KT Parnaik and Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Harivansh Narayan Singh, were present at the event, which also featured the unveiling of a unique Mahatma Gandhi statue themed ‘Into the Future.’