President Ram Nath Kovind stated that women’s empowerment is one of the government’s main goals and that the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign has brought many positive results, including an increase in the number of females enrolling in schools.
President Kovind addressed the joint session of the two Houses of Parliament, highlighting the government’s extensive endeavours to empower women with new career possibilities and equitable participation in diverse professions.
“In order to treat sons and daughters as equals, my administration has also submitted a bill to raise the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years, on par with males,” he stated. Women are playing an increasingly significant role in driving the rural economy forward.
Banks have offered financial assistance totalling 65,000 crores to over 28 lakh Self-Help Groups in 2021-22. He stated that this is four times the amount granted in 2014-15.
He also stated that the government has trained thousands of members of women’s self-help organisations and made them partners as ‘Banking Sakhi,’ who give banking services to rural homes at their doorsteps.
He said that by declaring Triple Talaq a criminal offence, the government had made a start toward liberating society from the plainly arbitrary practice.
Restrictions on Muslim women doing the Haj exclusively with Mehram have also been lifted, according to President Ram Nath Kovind.
He said that there has been a considerable decrease in the number of Muslim females dropping out of school and an increase in their enrollment.
In addition, the government has authorised the entrance of female cadets to the National Defense Academy.