Social revolution reduced Bihar’s gender gap: CM
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Last Updated: Friday, December 02, 2011, 18:20
Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said that the gender divide between male and female in Bihar has decreased in recent years as a social revolution was underway due to various affirmative actions taken by the state government to empower women.

A social revolution is underway in Bihar in which the women feel empowered due to slew of affirmative measures taken by the state government like 50 per cent reservation for them in the panchayat bodies, bicycle and dress schemes for girl students and other incentives for their welfare, he said at a workshop organized by the women journalists under the banner of the South Asian Women In Media (SAWM).

There has been a sea change in the attitude of the parents towards girl who were getting equal attention of their parents as there were equal opportunities for both boys and girls for academic and intellectual pursuits, Kumar said.

These positive developments in recent years have helped improve the gender gap in Bihar, Kumar said and urged mediapersons, particularly women journalists, to conduct research on the gender equity in the state.

He also lauded the mediapersons for their role in highlighting socio-economic and political issues despite facing a multiplicity of challenges in discharge of their duties, including insecurity of job, and said the women were taking to the profession in large number despite these adversities which was praiseworthy.

Kumar said that the uncertainties in the media sector as far as the field of journalists were concerned was a passing phenomenon and hoped that the media persons too will get professional security in future.

He expressed concern at the 'insensitive' attitude of the management of the newspapers and electronic channels towards their journalist employees apparently in view of their nature of jobs being contractual one and lauded the media persons for discharging their duties in such a 'challenging' scenario.

Referring to the measures taken by the Bihar government for the benefit of the media fraternity, Kumar said the state government has announced awards under various categories for the media persons, including best social and rural reporting by women journalists.

Information centres have been set up at the district level with facilities like fax, INTERNET and phones, he said.


First Published: Friday, December 02, 2011, 18:20

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