PM Narendra Modi Working for a Surakshit Bharat for Women

Published By : Admin | March 19, 2019 | 14:04 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his first Independence Day  address as prime minister, in 2014, said, “Parents ask their daughters where they were if they return home late. But, do they do the same with their sons? After all a person perpetrating a heinous crime such as rape is also someone’s son. As parents, have we asked our sons where he is going? While we keep questioning our daughters, why not use same yardstick for sons too?

Clearly, for someone to say this on Independence Day shows the deep concern for women’s safety and gender equality. He walked the talk by ensuring that women safety is an integral part of his government’s policymaking, governance and agenda. The nation witnessed some path-breaking announcements that ensured dignity and welfare of this section of the populace, which has been subjected to tokenism for many years. Enabling women-led development, several announcements have been made.

Some such announcements have potentially transformed the safety and security net for women in India.

The Narendra Modi government passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 in Lok Sabha. This bill makes instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) in any form illegal and void.

This Bill protects right of Muslim women who are vulnerable at the hands of instant triple talaq. It is a far cry from the arbitrary practice of divorcing wives with just an SMS or WhatsApp message. This bill is a beginning towards empowering married Muslim women who have been defenseless if such an event befalls them.

Mahila police volunteers and women’s safety app called HIMMAT reinforce the Government’s commitment to allow women a safe life both in and out of their homes. The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 creates a law for investigation of all types of trafficking, and rescue, protection and rehabilitation of trafficked victims. Anti-Trafficking Units will be established to rescue victims and investigate cases of trafficking. 

Committed to providing a safe and secure growing environment to young girls, the Narendra Modi led government introduced a law to severely punish the criminals from indulging in such heinous crimes. Capital punishment for those found guilty of raping a child under the age of 12 was introduced by the government to deter such crimes and ensure those who breach the dignity of young citizens of India are dealt with an iron hand. Moreover, minimum punishment for rape of a girl less than 16 years increased from 10 years to 20 years.

Swachh Bharat is another social innovation that has multi-faceted social impacts. In the absence of toilets, women had to venture into open fields at odd hours. This posed a huge security threat for them. Criminals could have found these visits into dark fields, as an opportunity to harm women. Women were also at the risk of lurking wild-life and snake bites which could pose a potential threat to their life. Spillover effects of Swachh Bharat are far and beyond just a sanitation initiative. It also restores safety, dignity and provides security to female members of the society.

Similarly, with launch and widespread implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, there is no need for women to venture into forests to get firewood for cooking. Outdoor risks faced by women when they went to get wood are similar to those faced in the absence of a toilet at home.

For women to contribute to the growth of the nation, their participation in the progress of democracy of India and claim of their place in the nation needs to beequal to their male counterparts. For this, we need to start from giving them security net first that makes them feel at home anywhere in their nation. Awareness campaigns like Beti Bachao beti Padhao are directed towards saving girl child, educating her and then making her a self-sufficient citizen. Sex ratio at birth has already improved in 104 identified districts, a statistic that reflects that we are now committed to protecting our daughters even before they are born.

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PM Modi’s Vision Fuels Delhi’s Development
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“Delhi has the good fortune to get an opportunity of keeping the flag of nations' prestige flying high.”
- PM Narendra Modi as Delhi prepared to host the G20 Summit

The last ten years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government have set in motion the creation of a New India—from rural to urban, from water to electricity, from houses to health, from education to employment, from castes to classes—a comprehensive plan bringing growth and prosperity to each doorstep.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi has emerged as a pivotal part of this dynamic developmental momentum spearheaded by PM Modi throughout this transformative decade.

The city has been at the heart of the infrastructural shift that has given a dedicated facelift to the entire nation. Today infrastructural marvels like Atal Setu, Chenab Bridge, Statue of Unity, and Zojila Tunnel dot India’s ever-evolving landscape.

With its focus on revamping transportation networks, upgrading urban amenities, and expanding digital infrastructure, the Modi government has launched an array of transformative initiatives. From railways, highways to airports, these initiatives have been key in galvanising inclusive and sustainable development across the length and breadth of the country.

The impressive expansion of the metro rail network has revolutionised urban commuting in India. From a mere 5 cities in 2014, the metro rail network now serves 21 cities across the nation—expanding from 248 km in 2014 to 945 km by 2024, with 919 km of lines under construction in 26 additional cities.

The Union Cabinet has recently approved two new corridors of Delhi Metro Phase-IV—Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-Block and Inderlok to Indraprastha. Both the lines have a combined length of over 20 kms with a project cost of over Rs. 8,000 crore (funding being sourced from the Union Govt, Govt of Delhi, and international agencies). The Inderlok- Indraprastha line will play a significant role in enhancing connectivity to the Bahadurgarh region of Haryana. Additionally, India’s first Namo Bharat train, operating on the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor further underlines the Modi government’s commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and upgrading its transportation infrastructure.

Further, the Bharatmala Pariyojana envisages improved logistics efficiency and connectivity via the development of nearly 35,000 km of National Highway corridors. 25 greenfield high-speed corridors have been planned under the plan out of which four intersect with Delhi’s growing infra capacity: Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Expressway, and the Urban Extension Road-II. The total project length sanctioned for Delhi is 203 km with an allocation of over Rs. 18,000 crore.

Over the past decade, the Modi government has consistently dedicated efforts towards augmenting capacity and decongestion of airports. After the IGI Airport Delhi became the first airport in the country to have four runways and an elevated taxiway, the expanded state-of-the-art Terminal 1 has also been inaugurated recently. In addition, the upcoming Noida International Airport (Jewar) shall further contribute to decongestion of the Delhi airport which is serving millions of passengers annually.

Besides, the inauguration of the New Parliament has further added civilisational yet modern connotations to the city’s landscape. Inauguration of the Yashobhoomi (India International Convention & Expo Centre) has given Delhi India’s largest convention and exhibition centre, offering a mixed purpose tourism experience. Along with Yashobhoomi, the Bharat Mandapam, a world-class convention and exhibition centre, showcases India to the world.

In terms of welfare, the Modi government has launched several schemes benefitting people hitherto on the margins of growth and development. Women’s safety in Delhi has been a key concern. To address the same, the Modi government strengthened the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 by increasing the quantum of punishment for rape, including capital punishment for rape of a girlchild below the age of 12.

The Union Home Ministry established a separate Women Safety Division back in 2018. One-stop centers, Sakhi Niwas, Safe City Project, Nirbhaya Fund, SHe-Box, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences, and Cri-MAC (Crime Multi-Agency Center) among others are significant additions in the government’s campaign towards women safety.

In addition, Swachh Bharat Mission, PM Ujjwala Yojana, PM Matru Vandana Yojana, and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have further led to the empowerment of Nari Shakti in India.

As India becomes the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world, Delhi is also contributing significantly towards this development. Today over 13,000 DPIIT-recognised startups are functioning in Delhi even as the government is promoting self-employment through PM MUDRA Yojana with over 2.3 lakh loans sanctioned worth over Rs. 3,000 crore for FY2023-24 (as on 26.01.2024).

PM SVANidhi, which provides collateral free loans to street vendors, is supporting over 1.67 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi. Further, under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, launched in 2020 to incentivise employers for creation of new employment and restoration of loss of employment during Covid-19 pandemic, over 2.2 lakh employees benefitted in Delhi.

Further, nearly 30,000 houses have been sanctioned and completed in Delhi under PM Awas Yojana (Urban).

Air pollution has been a recurring problem for the people of Delhi. Conscious of this reality, the central government has launched the National Clean Air Programme as a national level strategy to reduce air pollution level across the country.

The Modi government's tenure over the last decade has brought about a remarkable transformation in Delhi across various fronts. From infrastructure development to governance reforms, from education to employment, the government's initiatives have left an indelible mark on the capital city. As Delhi continues on its journey of progress and development, the contributions of the Modi government are set to shape its future trajectory for years to come.