PM addresses Nari Shakti Vandan-Abhinandan programme at BJP National HQ
Addressing the Nari Shakti Vandan-Abhinandan Karyakram at BJP National Headquarters on 22 September 2023, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi hailed the unanimous passage of the women reservation bill, titled “Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam,” as a historic moment and congratulated fellow citizens. He said, “A special moment for the nation, a special day for BJP Karyakartas. Women’s confidence soars, as mothers, sisters, and daughters across the country celebrate today.”
PM Shri Modi emphasized that the Nari Shakti Vandan Act goes beyond an ordinary law; it symbolizes the renewed democratic commitment of emerging India. This significant stride, he remarked, aligns with our collective efforts during the Amrit Kaal to advance a prosperous India. He added that this is a concrete testament to his commitment to usher in a new era of women-led development, aiming to enhance women’s living standards and overall quality of life.
In a strong response to the opposition, Prime Minister Shri Modi stated, “The BJP tirelessly pursued this law for women’s active participation in democracy over three decades. It was a solemn commitment we made, and we’ve now fulfilled it. Despite numerous long-standing obstacles along the way, including decades-old challenges, our unwavering dedication and transparent efforts have yielded results. It’s a remarkable achievement that this law garnered such broad support in the House.”
Various initiatives to empower women
Highlighting various initiatives undertaken by his government to empower women, PM Shri Modi expressed, “Our government has continually introduced schemes and launched programs to enhance the lives of our sisters, granting them respect, convenience, security, and prosperity, to ensure that pregnant women receive nutritious food, we initiated the Matru Vandana Yojana, depositing funds directly into women’s bank accounts.”
He continued by stating, “In order to support our daughters’ education, we have increased the interest rate in the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana. We provided Ujjwala gas connections to eliminate the hardship of cooking. Also, to alleviate the burden of fetching water, we initiated a scheme to supply piped water to every household.”
“To ensure that our daughters do not have to live in darkness, we gave free electricity connection through Saubhagya Yojana. We also provided them free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh through Ayushman Bharat. To ensure that daughters have rights over the property of the house, we have given PM Awas Yojana homes in their names. This year, from the Red Fort, I have also announced the plan to create 2 crore Lakhpati Didis in the country and to provide drones to the women of self-help groups,” he added.
PM Shri Modi acknowledged, “Efforts for women’s reservation spanned decades, but who made it a reality? Not Modi, but you, the crores of people who formed a stable government with an absolute majority.”
Majority government to make significant decisions
Talking on the importance of the stable government, PM Shri Modi asserted, “The enactment of the Nari Shakti Vandan Act in both Houses reflects the capacity of a stable, majority government to make significant decisions and achieve big milestones. When a government with full majority came to power in the country, such a big decision was taken.”
He continued, “We prioritized decisions in the best interest of women at every level,
• The passage of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam in the Parliament marks a significant milestone towards promoting women-led development.
• Made every attempt to unshackle women with schemes for their security and respect.
• BJP was making efforts for the last three decades to ensure women’s participation in democracy through this law.
• This was our commitment and today, we have fulfilled it.
• Women’s reservation bill is not an ordinary law, it is announcement of new India’s new democratic commitment.
preventing political interests from obstructing women’s reservation. In the past, this bill often encountered uproar whenever it was introduced in Parliament.”
Samras Gram Panchayat in Gujarat
Shri Modi recounted instances where women’s leadership and their capabilities yielded tangible outcomes. He cited the example of the Samras Gram Panchayat in Gujarat, where women leaders drove positive change within the village. “You can witness this inclination for positive transformation and a vision for resource
PM’s remarks on Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam in Rajya Sabha
The Prime Minister speaking on 21 September after the passing of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam bill in Rajya Sabha, he said “There has been extensive discussion on this extremely important bill for the past two days. Approximately 132 Hon’ble members from both Houses came together and engaged in a very meaningful discussion. Each and every word of this discussion will be beneficial to all of us on our journey ahead, and that is why every aspect of this matter holds its own significance and value. In the beginning of their remarks, members had already stated that they support this bill, and for that, I extend my heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to all Hon’ble members.
The spirit that has emerged will instil a new sense of confidence among the people of our country, and all Hon’ble members and all political parties have played a very significant role in this regard. Women empowerment is not only achieved by the passing of this bill; it goes beyond that.”
He added, the positive approach of all the political parties of the country towards this bill is going to give a new energy to the women power of our country. It will come forward with leadership and contribute to nation-building with a new belief. It, in itself, will be a guarantee for our bright future.
Further he said, “I do not want to take a lot of time of the house. I only express my gratitude for the sentiments you have expressed. And when it comes to voting, I earnestly request that this is an Upper House, and hence, efforts have been made for a good discussion, and, therefore, we give the country a new confidence by voting on this bill unanimously. With this expectation, I once again thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.”
optimization among women everywhere,” he remarked. Additionally, he mentioned an event in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh, where he met tribal women who became lakhpati didis.
In the end, PM Shri Modi stated, “The inauguration of a new and modern Parliament building, along with increased representation of half the population within it, will pave the way for fresh arrangements. I have faith that the women power of our nation will also establish novel and constructive parliamentary traditions.”