Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today received Mr. Jacques Audibert, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President. Mr. Audibert is on a visit to India for the 26th round of India-France Strategic Dialogue which he co-chaired with National Security Advisor, Shri Ajit Doval on 9 October, 2014. 

Mr. Audibert handed over a letter from the French President Mr. Hollande to the Prime Minister, in which President Hollande conveyed his strong commitment to further strengthen France’s Strategic Partnership with India and extended an invitation to the Prime Minister to visit France. 

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The Prime Minister described France as one of India's most important global partners that has stood with India through both good and difficult moments. 

The Prime Minister welcomed closer cooperation between India and France for meeting their many shared security challenges. He called for a comprehensive approach to combating terrorism. The strategy should not only rely on military and intelligence means, but should build a strong international partnership that would generate a social movement to isolate terrorists, including in countries where terrorists finds safe havens, and would also seek to dispel the linkage drawn between religion and terrorism. 

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The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the all-round progress in bilateral ties, including in areas of trade and investment, defence, security, space, civil nuclear energy and science and technology. The Prime Minister called for strengthening bilateral engagement in the areas of economic cooperation, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

The Prime Minister thanked Mr. Audibert for President Hollande's invitation and said that he looked forward to visiting France at an early date. The Prime Minister also said that he looked forward to meeting President Hollande at the G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, in November 2014.

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Cabinet approves Proposal for Implementation of Umbrella Scheme on “Safety of Women”
February 21, 2024

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the proposal of Ministry of Home Affairs of continuation of implementation of Umbrella Scheme on ‘Safety of Women’ at a total cost of Rs.1179.72 crore during the period from 2021-22 to 2025-26.

Out of the total project outlay of Rs.1179.72 crore, a total of Rs.885.49 crore will be provided by MHA from its own budget and Rs.294.23 crore will be funded from Nirbhaya Fund.

Safety of Women in a country is an outcome of several factors like stringent deterrence through strict laws, effective delivery of justice, redressal of complaints in a timely manner and easily accessible institutional support structures to the victims. Stringent deterrence in matters related to offences against women was provided through amendments in the Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Evidence Act.

In its efforts towards Women Safety, Government of India in collaboration with States and Union Territories has launched several projects. The objectives of these projects include strengthening mechanisms in States/Union Territories for ensuring timely intervention and investigation in case of crime against women and higher efficiency in investigation and crime prevention in such matters.

The Government of India has proposed to continue the following projects under the Umbrella Scheme for “Safety of Women”:

  1. 112 Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) 2.0;
  2. Upgradation of Central Forensic Sciences laboratories, including setting up of National Forensic Data Centre;
  3. Strengthening of DNA Analysis, Cyber Forensic capacities in State Forensic Science Laboratories (FSLs);
  4. Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children;
  5. Capacity building and training of investigators and prosecutors in handling sexual assault cases against women and children; and
  6. Women Help Desk & Anti-human Trafficking Units.