Ensure equal status to women: President
Pratibha Patil anguished over instances of female foeticide among affluent and educated
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is going to tour East Godavari District on Saturday. He will reach Dwarapudi by helicopter at 9.50 a.m. and lay foundation for RoB and address public. He will leave for Rajahmundry at 10.30 a.mto attend regional workshop of Mandal Samakhya Leaders from 11.00 a.m to 2.40 p.m. Then he will proceed to Katrenikona at 3.05 p.m. and will lay foundation for a High level bridge at Vridha Gouthami. Later he will participate in a few other programmes and will leave for Hyderabad on Jan. 4.
President Pratibha Patil has called for weeding out social evils, like dowry system, child marriage, female foeticide and drug addiction, while expressing anguish over more instances of female foeticide among the affluent and educated classes.
Speaking after unveiling Maharaja Agrasen’s statue on Road No.12, Banjara Hills, on Friday, she emphasized the need for ensuring equal status to women.
While on the one side women made a mark in different fields, on the other they had to face many problems due to narrow mindedness in society.
She said all should strive to solve problems like domestic violence, harassment at workplace, discrimination in education and employment. To achieve the goal, there was a need to usher in a change in women’s attitude.
Pointing out that education played an important role in bringing about societal change; the President said that more girls and women should be educated. It was important to teach human values to youngsters to ensure that they become responsible citizens.
Stating that the Vysya community’s commercial and business acumen was known not only in the country but outside, she urged it to find new solutions in the wake of global recession.
She stressed the need for bridging the rich-poor gap, while referring to globalisation. Governor N. D. Tiwari said Agrasen Maharaja, who was born 5,185 years ago, was an ideal king and ruled on true democratic lines. He urged youth to emulate Maharaja’s ideals and work for betterment of society.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy referred to welfare society that prevailed during the Maharaja’s reign and said the government was striving to create a poverty-free society. Finance Minister K. Rosaiah proposed a vote of thanks.