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Country is moving towards ‘women-led development’ from just development of women: PM Modi
BJP’s approach is women first; we allotted important portfolios to women ministers: PM Modi
After the roll out of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana, it is now expanded to over 600 districts pan India: PM Modi
Government approved an ordinance to provide for stringent punishment or death penalty for perpetrators of rape: PM Modi
‘Complete and comprehensive commitment towards Nari Shakti’ is the Government’s endeavour: PM Modi

Continuing his interactions through the Narendra Modi Mobile App, the Prime Minister today interacted with BJP Mahila Morcha of Karnataka. Appreciating the role and increasing participation of women in society, he said that the country was moving towards ‘women-led development’ from just development of women.

For the BJP too, the Prime Minister said that the approach was women first and highlighted that important portfolios were allotted to women ministers in the cabinet.

The Prime Minister mentioned about two pictures from the SCO Summit, which were popular on social media platforms. The pictures were of defence ministers and foreign ministers of several countries and only women in those pictures were Smt. Sushma Swaraj ji, our External Affairs Minister and Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman ji, our Raksha Mantri. This, the Prime Minister said, was a proud moment for the country as well as a commitment on part of the Government to promote participation of women in decision making.

Shri Modi mentioned that winning the polling booths must be the agenda and urged the women karyakartas to further the reach of government initiatives. He also urged the Mahila Morcha to conduct marches in their polling booths with the women beneficiaries of several schemes like the Ujjwala Yojana.

Highlighting several women friendly initiatives, he said that the government was devoted towards empowering them and hence after the roll out of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana, it was expanded to over 600 districts pan India. He mentioned about the 26 weeks maternity leaves for women, distribution of free LPG gas connections to women below the poverty line.

Speaking about a few initiatives which were rolled out under the previous BJP Government in Karnatak under Shri Yeddyurappa ji like the Bhagyalakshami Yojana, Sanjeevani, and cycle distribution for high school girls, the PM said that such initiatives strengthened women and girl children.
The Prime Minister took questions on rising crime against women and highlighted the recent measures undertaken by the Government to strengthen the Indian Penal Code, POCSO and CrPC. He added that the Government approved an ordinance to provide for stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years and death penalty to rapists below 12 years of age.

The Prime Minister spoke at length about Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matrutva Abhiyan, Mission Indradhanush, girl child education and Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana for financial inclusion of girl children. He shed light on how initiatives like the Mudra Yojana and Stand Up India were giving wings to aspirations of women entrepreneurs.

He further added that to incentivize employment of more women in the formal sector and to enable higher take-home salaries, amendments were made to the EPF Act to reduce women employees’ contribution to 8% for first three years of their employment as against existing rate of 12% and with no change in employers’ contribution. He also highlighted the amendment made by the Centre to the Factories Act to enable women to work at nights.

Speaking about the Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Suraksha Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana, the Prime Minister mentioned that these were aimed at further empowering the women. The Prime Minister also mentioned about ease in passport norms for women, 33% reservation of women in police forces, registration of homes in the name of women members of family under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

Shri Modi said that ‘Complete and comprehensive commitment towards Nari Shakti’ was the Government’s endeavour.

The Prime Minister also remembered the legacy of women leadership from Karnataka.

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PM Narendra Modi meets members of JP Morgan International Council
October 22, 2019
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PM Modi meets the JP Morgan International Council in New Delhi
Development of world class infrastructure, althcare and providing quality education are policy priorities for the Govt: PM

PM met with the JP Morgan International Council in New Delhi today. After 2007, this was the first time that the International Council met in India. 

The International Council comprises of global statesmen like former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Australian PM John Howard, former US Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates as well as leading figures from the world of business and finance like Jamie Dimon (JP Morgan Chase), Ratan Tata (Tata Group) and leading representatives from global companies like Nestle, Alibaba, Alfa, Iberdola, Kraft Heinz etc.

While welcoming the group to India, Prime Minister discussed his vision for making India a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024. Prime Minister said that the development of world class physical infrastructure and improvements in affordable health-care and providing quality education were some other policy priorities for the Government.

People’s Participation remained a guiding tenet of policy making for the Government. On foreign policy front, India continued to work together with its strategic partners and close neighbors to build a fair and equitable multipolar world order.