New Delhi: #EmpoweredNari was Tuesday morning’s top trending topic on social networking site Twitter after Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted an infographic with caption, “Focus on women-led development” and hashtag #EmpoweredNari.
In its three-year rule, the current BJP-led government at the Centre has launched several schemes for the empowerment of women. Among them, the prominent one is Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP). Launched in 2015, the scheme was aimed to address the declining child sex ratio in the country.
Mr Modi’s tweet with an infographic highlights that this scheme has been a very successful campaign towards erasing the difference between boys and girls.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 30, 2017
Another important scheme that has been launched by the government is the Maternity Benefit Programme meant for pregnant women and lactating women to reduce the effects of under nutrition – stunting, wasting and other related problems.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi shared a video on Twitter highlighting that as part of the scheme, a sum of Rs 6,000 is being given to the beneficiaries so that they can get proper nourishment during pregnancy.
— Maneka Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) May 30, 2017
As part of ‘Digital India’ and ‘Stand Up India’, the government also launched Mahila e-haat, an online marketing platform for women entrepreneurs where they can display their products and sell them online.
The infographic shared by Ms Gandhi highlighted induction of women in the Armed Forces. It said that for the first time, three women fighter pilots were commissioned into the Indian Air Force last year.
— Maneka Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) May 30, 2017
Pushed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Maternity Benefit Act was recently amended increasing the maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for working mothers.
To reduce maternal and infant mortality rates, the Ministry of Health had launched Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan last year. This campaign provides free ante-natal care to the women on 9th of every month.
Under its initiative #IPledgeFor9, the ministry invited participation from private doctors at government health facilities on the ninth of every month to conduct health check-ups of expecting mothers.
— National Health Por. (@NHP_INDIA) May 16, 2017
An infographic tweeted by Health Minister JP Nadda states that so far, over 33 lakh health check-ups have been conducted for pregnant women to detect high risk pregnancies and also provide quality care to them.
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) May 30, 2017
Some of the other schemes that have been launched by the government include the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana that provides small business owners a loan amount of Rs 50,000 to Rs 10 lakhs.
According to the government, of the 7.5 crore loans that were disbursed, 70 per cent were given to women.
In rural households, cooking is mostly done on firewood and smoke from it causes breathing problems for women. Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana 2 crore economically weaker women have been provided with free LPG connections so far, as per government data.
More than 2 cr women from BPL families got LPG connection under Ujjwala Yojana, liberating poor women from smoky kitchens #EmpoweredNari
— Piyush Goyal Office (@PiyushGoyalOffc) May 30, 2017
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also tweeted, “When a woman prospers, the prosperity of the entire Nation follows.”
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) May 30, 2017
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad shared a video story of Baijanti Devi from Gaya in Bihar on how she embraced technology and became a “Digital Hero”.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) May 30, 2017
The Ministry of Women and Child Development shared an inspiring video of the Nari Shakti Award winners 2016.
— Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD) May 30, 2017
Other Twitter users also joined in the trending hashtag. Here are some of the interesting tweets:
Nari Shakti leads the way!
Nai Roshni scheme for minority women
Nai Roshni scheme works for leadership development of minority women, creating
confidence & developing leadership spirit #EmpoweredNari
— Kamlesh Purohit (@KP4BJP) May 30, 2017
It’s raining jobs
Modi Govt invested 6000 crore to boost employment generation in apparel sector to create 1.1 crore jobs, mostly for women #EmpoweredNari
— Milind Dharwadkar (@milinddharwad) May 30, 2017
Pension through Aadhar based payment system
— Paras K.Ghelani (PG) (@ParasKGhelani) May 30, 2017
Inspiration from all quarters
— rabyanoor (@rabyanoor1) May 30, 2017
With Swachh Bharat Mission, the government is working towards achieving universal sanitation coverage by stressing on building toilets for all. This would not only ensure better health and safety for women, but also help them participate more actively towards the country’s development.
With the motto “Empowered Women, Empowered India”, these government schemes are steps in the right direction towards women empowerment.