The Women's Reservation Bill will go a long way in ensuring political and economic empowerment of women, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said today.
"In Assam, we have already implemented reservation of women in the local bodies and this has paid dividends in rural development though much remains to be done," he said at a function here organised to mark International Womens' Day.
Describing the day this year as historic as the Women's Reservation Bill is expected to be passed today, he stressed the need for education for ensuring political, legal and economic empowerment of women.
Empowerment is not possible without education and the state government has laid great stress on this sector. "My government has taken several measures to ensure economic and political empowerment through education though I admit gender bias still exists in our society," he said.
The position of women in Assam was considerably better than in other parts of the country but "gender bias definitely exists and the girl child is neglected," he said and asked NGOs and social organisations to join hands with the government to ensure that women are empowered in all spheres.
The function was organised by Assam Womens' Commission, Assam Social Welfare department and Assam State Aids Control Society and was attended among others by Assembly Deputy Speaker Pranati Phukan and Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora.