Social empowerment of women more important than Reservation Bill for them: Agatha Sangama

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New Delhi, Aug 8(ANI): Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangama on Saturday said that social and economic empowerment of women is more essential than the Women's Reservation Bill.

However, Agatha did not disapprove the Bill and said that it would be a medium, which would enable women to have equality in the society.

Sangama said this during a programme organised by the All India Women's Conference (AIWC) to inaugurate a community college project in the national capital.

"I have always thought about empowerment (of women) in different ways. One always thinks about (women's) reservation Bill, but that one is to get political empowerment. I think there are other forms of empowerment such as social and economic empowerment which are equally or much more crucial," said Agatha Sangama, Union Minister of State for Rural Development.

The community college programme is being started by the AIWC in coordination with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to provide education and training to people who are unable to utilise the conventional avenues of education.

"It's as a wonderful idea. Women will get opportunity to learn things, get empowered, and become independent, in order to live a very good life," said Agatha, adding that it would pave way towards development for those women who actually needed to be economically and socially empowered. (ANI)

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