UPA aims at women’s self reliance: Sonia (Lead)

May 11th, 2011 - 10:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh), May 11 (IANS) Stressing on women’s role in nation building, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was making every effort to make women self-reliant for the development of the country.

“Women comprise half of the population… for the country to attain prosperity it is required that this segment (women) should become happy and wealthy. Our society and the country would attain self-reliance in its real sense only when the women are in a position to tackle their problems on their own,” Gandhi told a gathering here.

“Be it in terms of law or welfare policies, our UPA government has been making sincere efforts aimed at women’s self-reliance and empowerment,” she said during a function of Rajiv Gandhi Kishori Sashaktikaran (The Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls or Sabla).

Gandhi said that Sabla - a scheme aimed at addressing multi-dimensional problems of girls between 11-18 years - would soon cover the entire country.

She said that due to “social barriers”, girls and women were facing challenges of different kinds.

“Girls hold the future of the country. Considering this, one of the main responsibilities before our government is to secure the future of girls. We must realise the contribution of women in nation building,” she added.

Gandhi spent nearly two hours inspecting the Rail Coach Factory in Lalganj.

She also gave a patient hearing to a group of villagers, who apprised her about their problems.

Gandhi also met some accident victims in the district hospital. Gandhi is on a two-day tour of her constituency to review developmental schemes.

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