Rashtrapati Bhawan has now moved from e-governance to gender governance. APJ Abdul Kalam had gone all out for better people-government interface using technology through different e-governance modules. And now President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has embarked upon the gender parity agenda for the government.
The President called officials from the Women and Child Development ministry, Rural Development ministry, Human Resources Development ministry and Agriculture ministry to know what the government was doing on gender issues.
Sources in the government told the Hindustan Times that the President was keen to know how the government was ensuring that gender parity was achieved in government schemes. "It was a kind of briefing taken by the President," a senior government official said.
Patil wanted to know more about the actual impact of the government policies for women on the beneficiaries. Although government officials presented a slew of figures based on different studies the President wanted a more concerted effort, a senior WCD ministry official said.
The WCD ministry informed that 52 ministries have set up gender budget cells but still the allocation for women is not enough. The president was informed that a review of all laws related to women was underway to make them more gender sensitive.
The HRD ministry officials spoke about special schemes and incentives to bridge the enrolment gap between boys and girls. They also told the President about the improvement of the girl child in primary education since the launch of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.