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Friday, Nov 22, 2019

Centre didn’t release funds for women’s scheme: Congress

At a press meet on Wednesday, Sushmita Dev, national president of women’s wing of the Congress said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is taking credit for schemes such as Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, which have not worked on ground.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2019 13:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Mumbai
Sushmita Dev, national president of women’s wing of the Congress, on Wednesday alleged the government did not release funds for the National Creche Scheme, which impacted women, keeping them away from the workforce.
Sushmita Dev, national president of women’s wing of the Congress, on Wednesday alleged the government did not release funds for the National Creche Scheme, which impacted women, keeping them away from the workforce.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
         

Sushmita Dev, national president of women’s wing of the Congress, on Wednesday alleged the government did not release funds for the National Creche Scheme, which impacted women, keeping them away from the workforce.

At a press meet on Wednesday, Dev said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is taking credit for schemes such as Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, which have not worked on ground. “There is no assessment, no evidence and no data to back up the praise.”

She said the Congress would amend service rules to reserve 33% posts for women. “We will provide fiscal incentives to businesses that employ a certain percentage of women, we will provide hostels and safe transport in SEZs and will repeal any provision of law that prohibits night shifts for women.”

Apsara Reddy, national general secretary of its women’s wing, said she was against the transgender protection bill brought by the BJP . “The bill says that transgender women who are sent away from their homes cannot live together. The self Identification bill too states that a person needs to go to the district committee to know if he’s good enough to be a woman. This is discrimination and there should be no need of a certificate from a third person.”

Dev also took a dig at former Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi who joined the Shiv Sena. She said, “Priyanka and I worked together for many years in the communications cell. I fear for her safety in the Shiv Sena.”