Women empowerment dominates 'Chai Pe Charcha'
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday joined the second round of 'Chai Pe Charcha' (discussion over tea) here and focused on the theme of women empowerment.
Modi shared glimpses of his vision for the empowerment of women both economically and socially.
He said that women must be equal and integral parts of the development journey of India.
He added that women must also be an integral part during decision-making process.
The 'charcha' was held across over 1,500 locations.
Women from all over India asked questions to Modi.
This included women from Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Sambalpur (Odisha), Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow, Allahabad, Howrah, Jaipur, Gorakhpur. The international destinations included Kampala, London, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Washington DC and Sydney.
Answering a question on how Modi will implement his vision of seeing women as nation builders and not only home makers, the BJP leader said, "We need to begin by ending discrimination. Discrimination is a very bad thing. Why must we see our sons and daughters differently? We need to become free from that. On issues of women empowerment there should be no compromise - be it birth of girl child, educating the girl child, good healthcare."
Modi said that educating our women should be a priority for everyone.
"If we educate a women we don't only educate a person or a family but we educate generations. Women education is very important," he said.
He went on to talk about the Gujarat government's efforts to promote girl child education such as Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani.
Modi categorically stated that if a man commits a crime against a woman, it is not only he himself but also every single man who must feel ashamed. He added that every problem as a solution and for that one needs Irade (intention) and Niyat (principle).
Modi pointed that the Centre announced a Nirbhaya Fund of Rs. 1,000 crore with a lot of fanfare last year and even made additions to it this year but nothing was spent for productive purposes. Similarly, a call centre devoted to women's safety was closed due to lack of resources to pay salaries.
"This non-sensitive attitude will not do," Modi opined.
In response to a question on the importance of women in agriculture, Modi said, "Women have an important role in agriculture. They have to work very hard...but there is a technology. We need to introduce technology, which will help us harness the potential of women in agriculture."
"We need to divide the agriculture sector into three parts- regular farming, farming of trees and animal husbandry. If we are able to do this, the contribution of our women will increase even more. I see the contribution of women in agriculture in tribal areas is immense. All this will increase productivity," the Gujarat CM said.
On the economic empowerment of women, Modi said, "Economic freedom is very important for women empowerment. They must be partners in economic development also. I have seen that women are very good at adapting to latest technology. We should link women and technology upgradation. Similarly, micro finance and value addition are very important."
(Posted on 09-03-2014)