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Women need political empowerment: Agatha

india Updated: Jun 20, 2009 19:47 IST
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Supporting the much-delayed Women’s Reservation Bill, the country’s youngest MP and NCP leader Agatha Sangma on Saturday said the fairer sex need to be empowered politically.

“Women need political empowerment and equal rights. They should participate in the growth of the society,” Agatha told reporters in Shillong. “However, we need to be careful as there might be cases where politicians might take advantage of the Bill,” the Minister of State for Rural Development said.

Talking about the schemes of her ministry, she said she is working to bridge the gap between the urban and the rural areas. “There is lack of proper implementation of the schemes. It is often seen that the state governments lack the technical know-how and information. The governments should be more proactive,” she added.

The Tura MP also said she would act as a facilitator for better coordination between the states and the Centre so that the states are able to justify the funds allotted to them. Asserting that she was taking initiatives for opening up technical schools in the region, she said, “We need to address the problems of the struggling youths of the region. They need to be educated technically and their talents need to be channelised”.