Outlining his vision, the Prime Minister explore the strengths of the Indian society and the successful journey of independent India in the last 70 years. Government has chosen n 2022 as the target year as it marks the completion of 75 years of independence. The ‘New India’ initiative envisages that the poor shall have concrete house, access to electricity, healthcare
sanitation and education, farmers’ income shall be doubles, three must be ample opportunities for the youth and women and India would be free of scourges such as communalism, caseins and terrorism by 2022. Building a new India by 2022 is an ambitious vision. However, achieving the basic objective of the initiative is not and remote as it appears to be. The New India initiative has put thrust on several key areas. The most important areas on which government is putting thrust and has also been highlighted several times by the PM are Doubling Farmers’ Income, Housing for All and Women Empowerment. Since the beginning, the government has clearly shown its intentions of working for the welfare of the women, children and youth of the country.

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As per census 2011, the population of India is 1210.19 million comprising 586.47 million women which constitute about half of the total population. The empowerment of women is fundamental for the progress of the country. The Ministry of women and Child Development (MWCD) was carved out of Ministry of Human Resource D e v e l o p m e n t a s a s e p a r a t e M i n i s t r y o n 3 0 th January 2006. It is the nodal ministry for all matters pertaining to development of women and children in the country. The National Commission for women was constituted as a national apex statutory body in 1992 for protecting and safeguarding the rights of women. India is also signatory to a number of International Conventions, primary the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against women (CEDAW), and has recently endorsed the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will further change the course of development by addressing key challenges including gender equity.

Today, India is at an economic threshold and women are at the vanguard of this change. If we work efficiently for the next few years, we can change the lives of hundreds of millions of women who are in an atrocious pit of social and economic deprivation. The awareness amongst the women has grown considerably in the past decade and now they are asserting themselves emphatically for their rights. We are sure the coming years will see a much better India – a new India where gender equality will be a norm rather than an aberration. For this every individual, irrespective of one’s responsibility or influence, has to stand up and make it happen. Just governments cannot do it; every citizen has to do it. The extension of women’s rights is the basic principle of all social progress and for making New India by 20022, we will have to ensure the equality of status for one half of the population in our country. So, let us pledge to work shoulder to shoulder and dedicate ourselves towards creating a New India that will provide dignity to women and bring happiness to the live of all.

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