Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Friday that the Centre will enforce the women’s reservation bill following the 2024 census. The announcement was made during a commemorative postal stamp release event in honour of Rani Abbakka at Moodbidri, Dakshina Kannada district.
Sitharaman highlighted that the women’s bill has become a reality due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s firm belief in the significant role of women in nation-building. She praised the bravery and heroism of Rani Abbakka, the 16th-century queen of Ullal known for her resistance against the Portuguese.
The Union government, she added, is committed to acknowledging the contributions of many unsung heroes who fought against imperial forces. As part of the Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative, a digital district repository featuring 14,500 stories has been compiled to spotlight locations associated with the freedom struggle.
In collaboration with Amar Chitra Katha, the Union Ministry of Culture is set to publish three books focusing on the role of women in the freedom struggle, women in the constituent assembly, and tribal leaders of the freedom struggle.
Sitharaman expressed optimism about the opening of a Sainik school in coastal Karnataka, named after Rani Abbakka. She also commended artist Vasudev Kamath for his portrait of Rani Abbakka, which was used for the commemorative postal stamp.