Patna: The Bihar Legislative Assembly on Friday took a collective resolution for women's empowerment with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announcing that his government has planned to form 10,000 self-help groups (SHGs) to make women economically stronger.

Immediately after the end of Question Hour, Kumar made a suo motu statement congratulating women on International Women's day on Friday and repeated the state government's resolve for women's security and their economic empowerment.

The state government has taken several pioneering steps, including reserving 50 percent seats for women in panchayats and urban local bodies, he said.

In a bid to make women economically strong, the CM said the state government planned to form 10,000 self-help groups for women in the next four to five years.

The CM's assertions were welcomed by legislators, particularly the women MLAs with thumping of desk. Soon after the CM concluded his speech, Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary said the House had taken a collective resolution for women empowerment.

The present Bihar Assembly has the highest number of 36 women MLAs in the 243-member House since Independence.


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