Development process cannot be achieved without womens role: Sartaj Aziz


ISLAMABAD: The Planning Commission Deputy Chairman, Sartaj Aziz on Thursday said that the women are the most important segment of society and the development process in the country cannot be achieved without them playing their vital role in this modern era.

Addressing the seminar on “Role of Women in Rural Development” organized here by the Planning Commission, he said that the women residing in cities are playing an important role in the development of society and that the government is in favour of a woman’s impressive role in different sectors of life. However, a  majority of Pakistan’s population especially women, are living in rural areas, he noted.

He stressed the need to highlight the importance of a woman’s role in society especially those living in villages.

The deputy chairman also underlined the need to initiate an awareness campaign to increase the role of women in society and urged educated women to come forward for the cause.

“The government is taking necessary steps for the promotion of women’s education and to polish their skills”, Sartaj remarked.

He appreciated the role of women in the agriculture and livestock sectors and stressed the need for creating more opportunities for their training to enhance their abilities. He urged the provincial governments to come forward and play their due role in the development of women.

“The government under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is initiating different projects to empower women”, he said adding that the BISP has played an imperative role in women empowerment.

“The Planning Commission is ready to provide all-out help for the development and empowerment of women in society”, he concluded.