NCP to launch political wing for young women



Mumbai: In a bid to provide political platform to the women between 18-35 years of age, the Nationalist Congress Party would launch the Rashtravadi Yuvati Congress (RYC) wing next month.

"The wing, to be launched on June 10 by NCP chief Sharad Pawar, will focus on the personal as well as the collective issues of women. Issues such as female foeticide, providing hostels for women on subsidised rates at district and regional level and health issues will be given priority," RYC co-ordinator Minal Jagdale said.

RYC is the brainchild of NCP MP and Sharad Pawar's daughter, Supriya Sule. She had earlier taken the initiative of sentisitising the masses on female foeticide through awareness campaigns in Pune.

Sule, who is the convenor of the RYC, will look after the wing for first two years. "The places at which we surveyed, girls took keen interest in social issues rather than political. However, political training in the form of workshops will also be provided to them," Jagdale said.

The workshops to make the girls politically active would be conducted after every three months at district and regional level, she added.

"The wing will also force the state government to implement the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule scheme in the state at the earliest, which specifically focuses on issues related to girls," she said.

The programme will be attended by Union Ministers like Agatha Sangma, Praful Patel, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Madhukar Pichad.

PTI