BJP manifesto 2019: Women mentioned 37 times in 48-page manifestoFrom gender equality to women, BJP’s election manifesto 2019 features several promises intended towards uplifting women and protecting them from any kind of unfair treatment.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 20:50 IST In its election manifesto 2019, BJP has laid out a roadmap for holistic uplifting women living in the country, especially in rural and semi-rural areas. (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSBJP’s election manifesto 2019 mentioned ‘women’ 37 times in its election manifestoThe party’s manifesto promised to legislate a bill to eliminate practices such as triple talaq and nikah halalaBJP’s manifesto also says that women security will be given more priorityBharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Lok Sabha election manifesto 2019 has reserved quite a number of lines to protect the rights and empower women in the country.In the 48-page BJP manifesto, women are mentioned 37 times. Below are the promises the BJP has mentioned for the women in its Lok Sabha election manifesto 2019:Equal rightsThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto promises to ensure gender equality in Indian society. The sensitive issues like the triple talaq and niqah halala have also found its place in the manifesto to woo the women voters towards the BJP. “We have determinedly taken substantive measures to ensure overall development of women and promote gender equality. Continuing our work, we will legislate a bill to prohibit and eliminate practices such as triple talaq and Nikah Halala,” the manifesto reads.HealthThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto mentioned Mission Indradhanush, programme immunization of 3.39 crore children and 87.18 lakh pregnant mothers and promised to ensure further immunization of pregnant women by 2022.”The Mission Indradhanush programme has ensured full immunization of 3.39 crore children and 87.18 lakh pregnant mothers. Further, the annual increase in the rate of immunization has jumped from 1 per cent per year to 6 per cent per year. Continuing this pace, we will ensure full immunization coverage for all the children and pregnant women by 2022,” the manifesto reads.SportsThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto also promises to develop the culture of sports in the country with special attention to encourage the participation of women.”Our government has taken comprehensive steps to develop the culture of sports in the country through the ‘Khelo India’ scheme, and we will continue to provide adequate resources under this scheme to ensure the achievement of declared objectives. Under this scheme, special attention will be given to encourage sporting talent among women and tribals,” the manifesto reads.advertisementEducationThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto invoked the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme and said if the party came back to power, they would continue to build on what they had achieved so far in providing education to all women.”The gains made under our pioneering ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme have been impressive. We are committed to continuing to build on these gains to provide accessible and affordable quality education to all women. We will ensure that ample financial support is available to girls throughout their education and subsidised education loans are provided for higher education,” the manifesto reads.Financial EmpowermentThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto mentioned schemes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Ujjwala, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, and Saubhagya and said that the government’s focus has been on ensuring a safe and dignified life for the women. The manifesto also says that if voted to power, the government will ensure financial empowerment for women entrepreneurs and farmers.”During the last five years, we have focussed on ensuring a safe and dignified life and access to basic resources for women through various schemes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Ujjwala, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Saubhagya.In the next 5 years, to ensure financial empowerment among women in rural and semi-rural areas and create better employment opportunities for them, we will make every effort to ensure access to credit and other resources, capacity building, market and distribution network for women entrepreneurs, SHGs and women farmers,” the manifesto reads.WorkforceThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto says that the party is committed to making women equal partners in the progress of the nation and will ensure an increase of the female workforce participation rate over the next five years.”We are committed to making women equal partners and equal beneficiaries of the progress and prosperity of the nation and will formulate a comprehensive ‘Women in Workforce’ roadmap focussed on dramatically increasing the female workforce participation rate over the next five years. We will also encourage industries and corporates to generate better employment opportunities for women,” the manifesto reads.Maternal healthcareThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto promises to ensure good quality, easily accessible and affordable maternal healthcare services for all women.”Continuing our efforts to ensure safe motherhood through schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Matritva Suraksha Abhiyaan and Ayushman Bharat, we will focus on ensuring good quality, easily accessible and affordable maternal healthcare services for all women,” the manifesto reads.The BJP also promised to provide sanitary pads at an affordable cost of just Re 1.”We will ensure that all reproductive and menstrual health services are easily available to all women across India and with the expansion of ongoing Suvidha scheme, sanitary pads at an affordable cost of just Re 1 will be provided to all women and girls,” the manifesto reads.advertisementSecurityThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto puts emphasis on providing security to the women on priority.”Women’s security will be given more priority. We have constituted the Women’s Security Division in the Home Ministry, and have made strict provisions for transferring the laws in order to commit crimes against women, in particular in a time-bound investigation and trail for rape. In such cases, forensic facilities and fast track courts will be expanded to bring convicts to justice,” the manifesto reads.Reservation for WomenThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto also promises reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies through a Constitutional amendment.”Women’s welfare and development will be accorded a high priority at all levels within the government, and the BJP is commied to 33% reservation in Parliament and state assemblies through a Constitutional amendment,” the manifesto reads.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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A Mediterranean diet could be better than statins at reducing the risk of an early death for millions of Britons, research suggests.Leading heart experts said patients should be prescribed the diet – rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and olive oil – before being put on drugs.In the first major study to look at the impact of the Med diet on survival of heart patients, experts found it cut the chances of early death by 37 per cent.Previous research has found just taking statins cuts mortality by 18 per cent. Experts said the figures were not directly comparable, and that many heart patients could get maximum benefit by doing both. The Mediterranean diet is widely recognised as one of the healthier nutrition habits in the worldProfessor Giovanni de Gaetano Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Doctors should “consider diet before drugs” and the state should subsidise fruit and vegetables to encourage Britons towards healthier diets, he said.“The National Health Service pays for drugs, but it doesn’t pay for vegetables,” he said. “The state should consider contributing towards those foods that make up the Mediterranean diet.”While many patients might still need statins, those sticking to such habits might be able to have a far lower dose, reducing the risk of any side-effects such as muscle pain.”It could allow patients to get the benefits of statins but without the side-effects,” he said, urging doctors and patients to think far more about lifestyle. Prof de Gaetano said: ”This was an observational study so we cannot say that the effect is causal. We expect that dietary effects on mediators common to chronic diseases such as inflammation might result in the reduction of mortality from any cause but further research is needed.”British experts said the “powerful anti-inflammatory effects” of foods such as olive oil, oily fish, nuts and vegetables was likely to make the difference. Dr Aseem Malhotra, a London cardiologist, said: “The results of this robust observational study are quite extraordinary.“The Mediterranean diet is more powerful than any drug at reducing death rates in patients with cardiovascular disease.”Prof Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation, said: “It is good to know that even if you already have a history of cardiovascular disease, adhering to a Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of death.”This study suggests that even if you are already receiving medical care, if you add a Mediterranean diet, it will have further benefit. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, even if you have had a heart attack or stroke is really important and continues to benefit you.” But they said the results were so remarkable that the state should consider handing out free fruit and vegetables, or subsidising such produce, to encourage the public to change its eating habits. Seven million people in Britain live with heart disease.The diet regime is already known to have a powerful protective effect against a number of diseases, including diabetes and cancer. Experts hailed the new findings, presented at the world’s biggest heart conference in Rome, Italy, as “extraordinary”, showing that the diet was “more powerful than any drug”.High consumption of vegetables had the greatest impact on survival, followed by oily fish intake, amount of fruit eaten and consumption of mono-unsaturated fat, found in olive oil.Professor Giovanni de Gaetano, head of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Italy, said: “We found that among those with a higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet, death from any cause was reduced by 37 per cent in comparison to those who poorly adhered to this dietary regime. The study tracked 1,200 Italians with heart disease over seven years, and participants recorded their food intake. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet was appraised under a nine-point scoring system. Over seven years, there were 208 deaths.After controlling for age, sex, education, exercise, smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes and cancer, a two-point increase in the Mediterranean diet score was linked with a 21 per cent reduced risk of death.The closest adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with a 37 per cent lower risk of death compared with the bottom category. A previous study of 92 trials involving 200,000 patients found that people with heart disease were 18 per cent less likely to die early if they took statins.Researchers said the next step would be to investigate why exactly the Mediterranean diet appears to reduce the risk of dying early. “The Mediterranean diet is widely recognised as one of the healthier nutrition habits in the world.”In fact, many scientific studies have shown that a traditional Mediterranean lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of various chronic diseases and, more importantly, of death from any cause.”But so far research has focused on the general population, which is mainly composed of healthy people. What happens to people who have already suffered from cardiovascular disease? Is the Mediterranean diet optimal for them too?”He said the research suggested exactly this, with the Mediterranean diet showing a “powerful” effect, cutting deaths from all causes.