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PM bats for empowering women but no mention of reservation bill

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that all nations are empowered by its women but made no mention of the women’s reservation bill for higher representation in public office.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2016 23:36 IST
HT Correspondent
The Prime Minister was speaking at a National Women Legislators Conference in New Delhi.
The Prime Minister was speaking at a National Women Legislators Conference in New Delhi.(HT Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reached out to women with a strong message for their empowerment and becoming effective as people’s representatives but made no mention of the women’s reservation bill for higher representation in public office.

Addressing a conference of women legislators in Parliament’s Central Hall, the PM called upon them to make valuable interventions by strengthening their grip on the subject of their choice and becoming tech-savvy as mere changes in the system would not suffice.

“You will have to make yourself effective. You will have to present issues with facts and figures. Mere changes in the system will not suffice. Some or the other change keeps happening in the structure,” the PM said. The BJP, the Congress and the Left parties had joined hands to push the bill in the Rajya Sabha in March 2010 but it got lapsed in the Lok Sabha after its dissolution in 2014. However, the revival of the bill depends on the BJP which has a majority in the lower house and the support of the Congress which is comfortable in the upper house.

Modi laid emphasis not only on women’s development but also ‘women-led development’.

He said wherever women got opportunities, their success ratio was higher than men’s. “Who are men to empower women…I cannot digest that,” the PM said.

Modi made a reference to Rwanda’s majority-female parliament to drive home the role of women in reshaping the African country.

He stressed that it’s not only budgets and infrastructure that strengthen nations but also the contribution of every citizen. “And it is the mother who strengthens a citizen.”

Modi said he was convinced that women could adapt better to new technology than men.

“Kitchens have the most modern gadgets and even illiterate women would know how to operate those. Technology is not new for women,” he said. The women legislators were hooked on to Modi’s speech right from the word go, with several of them taking copious notes and some recording it on their mobile phones.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj came in for some special praise from the PM who said the country had many ministers holding that portfolio but everybody knew about Swaraj’s outstanding work.