SRINAGAR, July 26: Maintaining that his party is committed to social, economic, educational and political empowerment of women, Apni Party President Syed Altaf Bukhari today vouched for 33 percent female reservation in Govt services in J&K.
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Addressing the party’s first-ever women’s convention in Srinagar on Tuesday, Bukhari said that no human society can grow and develop as a civilized society unless it gives its due share to the womenfolk in the process of policy, planning, and development of the society.
He said that his party believes that the womenfolk, who constitute nearly half of the overall population, should be socially, economically, educationally, and politically empowered in order to develop a civilized society.
Bukhari said that Kashmir’s women have suffered as mothers, sisters, daughters or the spouses of the victims who fall prey to the enduring conflict situation here. “Now, we must wipe every tear from the eyes of our mothers and sisters. We must give them strength and lay an easy-going path leading to a better future. We have to ensure social, educational, economic, and political empowerment to make a prosperous society in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Reiterating his party’s position, the Apni Party President said: “I have already said it time and again that when AP gets the people’s mandate, we will take several initiatives to ensure the economic and social empowerment of women. We will endorse 33 percent female reservation in Govt services in J&K.”
“We will enhance marriage assistance to the girls up to one lakh rupees and the monthly widow pension up to five thousand rupees from the existing one thousand rupees. Also, we will give four free gas cylinders (refills) to every household annually,” he added.
The convention was organized by the Provincial President of the Party’s Women’s Wing Dilshad Shaheen, who appealed women to join the Apni Party so that the movement for women empowerment in J&K is strengthened further.
The prominent party leaders and the senior political workers who were present on this occasion, included Ghulam Hassan Mir, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Junaid Azim Mattu, Muntazir Mohi-ud-Din, DDC Member Karnah Advocate Najma Hamid, DDC Member Shaista Aslam, DDC Chairman Srinagar Aftab Malik, District Presidents Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Raja Manzoor, Iram, Shakeela Banoo, Asha Parveen, Firdousa, Senior leader Sonia Sadaf, Nighat, Shaista, Frooza, Rafeeqa, Imaad Rafi, DDC Member Shabir Ahmad Reshi, Jeelani Kumar, Qaisar Ganai, DDC Member Mohammad Ashraf Palpori, Tanbir Singh Sodhi, Sujada Bashir, DDC Member Qaisar Ahmad, Mohasin Zafar Shah, Tariq Mohidin, Showkat Mohidin, Towseef Bashir, Fazal Kashani and others.