Social and economic empowerment of women is more important than the Women's Reservation Bill, says the minister of state for Rural Development Agatha Sangma, the youngest member of Manmohan Singh's Council of Ministers. In an exclusive interview with Sify Correspondent, the 27-year-old from Tura constituency of Meghalaya sate, shares her strong views on women issues and youth development. Excerpts:
Do women need reservation?
When you were first elected to Parliament you had said that empowerment of women and youth would be your top priority. How do you plan to do this now that you are a minister?
I myself got some sense of political empowerment when the Prime Minister inducted me in his ministry. As a minister in the government of India, I have tried to create a situation where women can actually become economically and more socially empowered.
Image: Agatha Sangma taking charge as the Minister of State for Rural Development, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Copyright PTI. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited.)