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Women must be brought to centre stage of development: Shobhana Bhartia

By A Staff Reporter

India can hope to attain a sustainable 8 per cent plus GDP growth with inclusiveness only if it embarks on a path that brings women at the centre stage of the development process, empowers them and provides equal opportunities for them in all walks of life, Ms. Shobhana Bhartia, Member of Parliament & Chairperson & Managing Director, The Hindustan Times Group, said in the Capital.
Inaugurating the 26th Annual Session of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) on the theme ‘Inclusion of Women in India’s Political Economy’, Ms. Bhartia said that the three building blocks that India needed to address the problems and discrimination faced by women who constituted 50% of the country’s population, were inclusion, empowerment and opportunities.

While the Right to Education enunciated by the Government would help in mitigating the problems of underdevelopment associated with illiteracy, there was an imperative need to provide quality healthcare at block and district levels, she pointed out.

Ms. Bhartia said that the Women Reservation Bill that was awaiting its passage in the Lok Sabha, would go a long way in addressing the plight of women, particularly those in rural India. She said that experience had shown that many genuine women

representatives in the village panchayats had risen in the hierarchy and made a mark.

Ms. Sminu Jindal, managing director, Jindal SAW Ltd, Ms. Sunidhi Chauhan, renowned playback singer and artist and Ms. Shovana Narayan, renowned danseuse were the special guests at the occasion.

At the session the FLO Annual Award 2008-2009 for Outstanding Woman Professional was presented to Dr Vandana S Bhatt, ME , PhD (USA) from Mumbai. Dr Bhatt is engaged in the profession of techno-legal consultancy and project administration. She is also a social engineering expert who has been working constantly towards upliftment of women, children and rural India. She has shown exemplary dedication taking keen interest in social causes and has always strived for the greater cause of the society.