BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday urged women to fight for reservation right away and then it might be possible that they will win rights 50:50 by 2020.
Inaugurating the State Kittur Rani Chennamma awards function on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2016, organized by the Women and Child Development Department at Kanteerva Stadium, he said,“Women have already got 50 percent reservation in some of the state organizations. In order to implement this rule in the Vidhaan Sabha and Lok Sabha, the women should put pressure on the Central government. If the women start fighting for their reservation from now itself, then there might be chances that they will get it in 2020, then it will be 50:50. We can see gender equality; we will also discuss this and soon come up with positive results.’’
Minister Umashree, who also participated in the function, said,“The government has released an amount ofRs5crores as compensation to the sexually-harassed and assaulted women and children for their welfare.”
‘Tiger Girl’ Hishitha got the Rani Chennamma award and a cash price of Rs25,000 for her initiative to collect all the waste fruits, vegetables, sugarcane piled up during the Sankranti festival and giving it to the animals at Bannerghatta zoo.
This year, the Kittur Rani Chennamma award was given to six organizationsand 12 women who worked for women’s development in different fields – five cultural, two sports, one for education and three for literature.