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'CM has empowered women of Bengal, made them confident'

Kolkata: The confidence level of girls across Bengal has gone up because of various measures taken by the Mamata Banerjee government, Chandrima Bhattacharya, president of Trinamool Mahila Congress, said on Saturday.
It may be mentioned that 35.2 percent of Trinamool Congress MPs are women. In Rajya Sabha, the party has two MPs, namely Dola Sen and Shanta Chetri.
Trinamool Mahila Congress is going to organise a rally near Gandhiji's statue on 8 March, which is celebrated as International Women's Day. Eight extraordinary women coming from different walks of life will be felicitated on that day. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be addressing the rally and in view of the forthcoming Panchayat election, her message to the woman brigade of the party will be significant.
Bhattacharya said through various schemes, the Chief Minister has been successful in building the confidence of girls all over the state.
"It is really amazing that girls studying in classes VIII or IX are often seen going to the office of the District Magistrate or Superintendent of Police, either to stop their early marriage or the early marriage of their friends. Unless they have confidence they cannot go and talk to senior administrative officials," she remarked.
She said the Kanyashree project has not only stopped school dropouts, but has also been an effective tool to stop early marriage of girls. Along with Kanyashree, the Rupashree project has also been introduced.
She regretted that some people with vested interests are circulating the message, mainly on social media, that the project has helped in the promotion of marriage. "On behalf of Mahila Trinamool Congress, we object to it and urge them to stop spreading such canard," she said.
Bhattacharya said Mamata Banerjee has taken steps that have empowered women socially, economically and politically. In the three-tier Panchayat system, women are taking decisions and thus they have been involved in the decision-making process.
"It is a great achievement for Bengal. We have the highest number of women MPs and Panchayat members in the country and the steps taken by Mamata Banerjee will further help us move forward," she said.

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