AP gears up for three-day national women parliamentary conference in February

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh State is gearing up for the three-day national women parliamentary conference to be held in February from 10. The State government had finalized the venue for the conference at the Pavitra Sangamam, the confluence of Krishna-Godavari on the outskirts of the city.

Speaking to the media persons, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the women parliamentarians conference would the first ever national level important conference being organized in the new capital, Amaravati. The conference would help in empowering the women in the State. He said that the TDP had been in the forefront in empowering women. The TDP under the leadership of late N T Rama Rao had extended 33 per cent reservation for women and had initiated several welfare programmes for women.

He further said that the 86 lakh women are organized in the self-help groups in the State who are empowered through different programmes. The government is trying to provide economic empowerment to the women through various initiatives, he said. The women are recruited as RTC bus conductors and drivers, constables, and other posts. He stressed the need to create gender equality and promote overall development of women.

The Chief Minister said that the government had so far conducted national science congress in Tirupati, investor meet at Visakhapatnam, beach festival at Kakinada, Air show in Vijayawada and several other activities to exchange ideas and empowerment of people. The three-day conference of the women parliamentarians would come out with Amaravati Declaration. He said that the government had invited President Pranabh Mukharjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the conference. He said that either of them would inaugurate the conference.

Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao asserted that the conference would help in promoting women in all the fields. He said that the government had invited students from 2,590 colleges in the State to send five women students from each college for the conference. The women representatives of the local bodies, Speakers of all 29 State Assemblies were also invited to participate in the conference.

The government had also invited the women delegates from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, US, Africa and other nations.

Legislative Council chairman A Chakrapani, Women Parliamentarians Conference secretary Rahul V Karat, Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, MP Kesineni Srinivas and others were present at the news conference.

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