Poll-bound Assam: Cong pledges 50pc quota for women in govt jobs

Carrying on with its series of promises the Congress said on Thursday that if the opposition Mahajot or Grand Alliance is voted to power in Assam, it will ensure 50 percent reservation for women in government jobs.

Addressing a press conference, All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev said the Congress-led alliance will focus more on the upliftment of women and youths. “When the Congress-headed grand alliance will form the government, we will implement 50 percent reservation for women. This will be our guarantee and it will be one of the first things we’re going to do,” she said.

The Congress has formed a broadbased alliance with AIUDF, BPF, CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML), and Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) to fight the upcoming assembly election against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for 126-member Assam house. Dev asserted that the Congress and the grand alliance believe in accountability and guarantee of jobs. “Youths and women of Assam don’t want charity. They want job opportunities and want to contribute to the economy of the state,” she said, taking a dig at the BJP-led state government’s various schemes of direct benefit transfer.

Dev said the women reservation issue will be a part of guarantees in the manifesto for the upcoming Assam assembly polls. Women form a big chunk of the Assam voters. Out of total over 2.31 crore voters in Assam, women electorate are more than 1.14 crore.

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