Vice President urges political parties to arrive at consensus to provide reservation to women in Parliament & state legislatures

Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu today called for a national movement for women’s empowerment. Mr Naidu urged all to ensure that no girl child is left out of school.

While observing that the flagship scheme Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao has undoubtedly created a positive impact, Mr Naidu said that much more needs to be done to change the societal mindset.

In a Facebook Post titled “End Discrimination, Empower Women”, Mr Naidu pointed out that with women constituting about 50 percent of India’s population, progress cannot be achieved unless they are given equal opportunities in all spheres, including the political arena.

He urged all political parties to arrive at a consensus at the earliest on the long-pending proposal to provide adequate reservation to women in parliament and state legislatures at the earliest.

Mr Naidu also emphasized the need for giving equal property rights to women for their economic emancipation.

The Vice President recently released a report- Status of Sex Ratio at Birth in India which mentioned that there has not been any change in the sex ratio at birth in India from 2001-2017–the number of girl children born is much less than what is the general or natural norm.

It was brought out by the Indian Association of Parliamentarians for Population and Development (IAPPD).

Stressing the need for rigorous implementation of Pre-conception & Pre-natal Diagnostics Techniques law to bring about a balance in the sex ratio, the Vice President said there should be zero tolerance towards any kind of discrimination or violence against girls and women.

Calling upon the people to collectively declare a war on poverty, illiteracy and other social hurdles coming in the way of building a New India, Mr Naidu wanted every Indian citizen, particularly the youth to join in the Yagna of building a prosperous and happy India where there will be no discrimination of any kind.