Guwahati, May 4: All India Mahila Congress president Anita Verma today requested the Assam PCC to accord due respect and recognition to women after the party’s own district-level women leaders today complained of being ignored.
Verma, who attended the Mahila Karmi Sabha at Rajiv Bhawan here, made the request in the presence of chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who had earlier praised the role of women voters and that of Mahila Congress towards the party’s impressive showing in the 2011 Assembly polls.
Assam PCC general secretary Haren Das and state Mahila Congress president Sarifa Begum were on the dais along with Gogoi, among others.
Congress had won 78 seats in the 126-member Assembly, with 12 of its women candidates also emerging victorious.
Verma in her address said that district leaders in their speeches had requested her to impress upon the Assam PCC to accord and recognise their positions. They had also sought accommodation while on party-related assignments. She then requested the state party chief to ensure that they be either invited to the dais or felicitated or given a chance to speak at public functions, besides getting local ministers or party MLAs to arrange for accommodation while on an official tour.
“I would appreciate if the parent body recognises their contributions and gives them more opportunities. It has come to the fore that they have leadership qualities,” Verma said, while hailing Assam and Haryana for reserving 30 per cent government jobs for women. Assam has also reserved 50 per cent panchayat seats for women,
Gogoi mentioned the various schemes for the welfare and empowerment of women and promised to do more for them.