BJP manifesto 2019: Women mentioned 37 times in 48-page manifesto

first_imgBJP 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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