Jammu, Nov 18: Ajay Sadhotra, additional general secretary National Conference (NC) and former minister today said that his party is committed to empower women in every sphere of life.
According to a press release, he was addressing a day-long meeting of party functionaries (women wing) of Jammu District Urban JKNC . The meeting was held under the chairpersonship of Pinky Khalsa, District President Women Wing Jammu Urban at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan Jammu.
On the occasion, Ajay Sadhotra, Additional General Secretary JKNC and former minister; Rattan Lal Gupta, Provincial President JKNC Jammu, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Ayub Malik Provincial Secretaries, Bimla Luthra, Satwant Dogra, Provincial President Women Wing Jammu, Depinder Kaur former MLC, Vijay Lakhshmi Datta Ex- Provincial President Women Wing, Dilshad Malik and Som Raj Taroch were present.
At the beginning of the meeting, Satwant Dogra apprised the senior functionaries of the party about the problems being faced by the women in Jammu and Kashmir due to hollow policies of the incumbent government.
Addressing the party workers, Ajay Sadhotra said that NC has always been at the forefront of the struggle for gender equality, and it remains committed to ensuring that women in Jammu and Kashmir are empowered in every way possible. “Women are an integral part of our society, and it is our duty to empower them in every sphere – be it education, politics, or the economy,” he said.
The former minister emphasised that women’s empowerment is not just a political slogan but a core principle of the NC’s ideology. He added that the party’s manifesto bears testimony to this fact, as it includes a comprehensive plan to address the challenges faced by women in the state.
Rattan Lal Gupta, in his address, criticised the ruling party for their inadequate efforts to uplift women in Indian politics. “The BJP has failed miserably in its promises to bring greater representation to women in all fields. These empty promises have only shown that the BJP is more interested in the promotion of its political agenda rather than addressing women’s rights,” said the Provincial President.
Gupta asserted that National Conference, during its regime in Jammu and Kashmir, had given 50 per cent reservation to women in medical seats with a sole move to empower the women. He emphasised that women have a pivotal role to play in democracy as well as in shaping the future of the J&K along with men, they should be given equal opportunities to contribute to the development of J&K. He laid stress upon maximum participation of women in the upcoming polls. The NC believes that women’s participation in politics at all levels is essential for creating a just and equitable society,” he added.