The state government plans to invite over 50,000 women from different districts of the state to celebrate Women's Empowerment Day. Chief minister Hemant Soren has taken a decision in principle to observe Women Empowerment Day every year on October 15 but this time due to delay in preparations the event is being organized on October 20.
Having taken women-friendly decisions during the last cabinet meeting, Soren's idea is to communicate them to the women folk in person during the celebrations.
The government has announced 50% reservation for women in appointments at primary school level, home guards, secretary of panchayats and 33% reservation in appointments of police department.Besides, girl's education in state polytechnic colleges, engineering colleges, medical, paramedical, pharmacy and nursing colleges will be free.
In order to convey these decisions, department of social welfare, women and child development department has invited Sahias, Anganwadi sevikas, women teachers of all government schools and representatives of panchayati raj institutions to participate in the day long programme being organized at main athletic stadium of mega sports complex in Hotwar.
Heavy bandobast has been ensured by the district administration for the purpose. One of the first decisions was to order closure of all government and private schools in the capital apprehending traffic jam. Orders have been issued to stop entry of heavy vehicles in the capital, especially on the routes to Hotwar sports complex. District administration has deployed 46 magistrates along with adequate police party to manage the crowd. 18 magistrates have been kept in reserve and traffic SP has been directed to manage the city traffic besides ensuring entry of the vehicles ferrying the women from all 24 districts on time.
While the opposition blames JMM for misusing government fund for gaining political mileage, neutral analysts believe that the programme has been organised in haste to avoid Election commission's restrictions that would come into force any time soon. "Government fund should not have been wasted for a political programme like this," said Pradeep Sinha of the BJP
The deputy commissioner Palamu, K N Jha conceded that there would be 'some difficulties' for the Ranchi bound commuters but added in haste, "In a big event like this such things are to be taken in stride." He confirmed pressing of 76 buses for Ranchi that day. Jha said Palamu has been given a target of dispatching 3,000 women from here for Monday's celebrations. Similar directions have been given to every DC to ensure that the requisite number of participants from every district attend the programme.