Padma Rao wants Savitribai Phule statue installed in Amaravati

  • Pays tribute on her birth anniversary
  • Asks Centre to declare January 3 as Women Teachers’ Day

 Dara Gopi

Vijayawada: Navyandhra Party founder president and Dalit leader Dr Kathi Padma Rao, has asked the Andhra Pradesh Government to install the statue of social revolutionary Savitribai Phule in the new capital Amaravati.

Padma Rao paid tributes to the social reformer on her birth anniversary at Ponnuru and wanted the State government to honour her by installing her statue in front of the new Secretariat that would be built in the capital. He also wanted the Central government to declare January 3 as Women Teachers’ Day giving due respect to Savitribai Phule who had fought for the rights of women and gave education to women from 1842. He recalled that Savitribai Phule along with her husband Jyotirao Phule had established a school for education of women and other weaker sections when education was denied to them.

Padma Rao further recalled that Savitribai had fought against the social evil of Sati. He wanted the State and the Central governments to institute a national level award in honour of Savitribai to recognize the services of women teachers, women social activists and introduce her life story in the textbooks. He wanted the universities in the country to promote research on Savitribai Phule and Jyotirao Phule for their social reforms and fight against all social evils.

He asked Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to establish women police stations in every mandal and have women counseling centers in every police station in the name of Savitribai. He asked the Chief Minister to establish one more women university in the State in the name of Savitribai and provide security for women students from ragging and exploitation.

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