New Delhi, Apr 8 : Stressing that it has taken substantive measures to ensure overall development of women and promote gender equality, the BJP said on Monday it would legislate a bill to prohibit and eliminate practices such as Triple Talaq and Nikah Halala. ''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 saffron party said in its manifesto 'Sankalpit Bharat Sashakt Bharat' for general elections 2019 unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the party headquarters here.
Reiterating its commitment to ensuring the welfare of widows of defence personnel who were killed in action, the BJP said it will formulate a dedicated programme for the creation of work opportunities, provide skill training and strengthen social security mechanism for the widows of martyrs. ''Women's welfare and development will be accorded a high priority at all levels within the government, and the BJP is committed to 33 per cent reservation in Parliament and state assemblies through a constitutional amendment,'' the party said in its 45-page manifesto.
The BJP said 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,'' sated the manifesto. To generate better work opportunities for women, 10 per cent material to be sourced for government procurement will be done from MSMEs having at least 50 per cent women employees in their workforce, the party said, adding that this will cover various important substitution items including, but not limited to, apparel, leather, paper and wood, articles, stone items like idols, etc, plastic and rubber items, furniture, clocks and toys.
BJP will formulate a comprehensive ‘Women in Workforce’ roadmap focussed on dramatically increasing the female workforce participation rate over the next five years and will also encourage industries and corporates to generate better employment opportunities for women, the manifesto said. The government will strengthen creche programme with special focus on the needs of parents employed in the
unorganized sector to provide crèche and child care facilities by leveraging the existing Anganwadis, civil society organisations and the private sector.
The BJP will ensure that the number of childcare facilities is increased three fold by 2022, it said. Ensuring equal rights, the government has launched a major initiative on malnutrition by launching the Poshan Abhiyan.
''We will reduce the malnutrition level by at least 10 per cent in the next five years, doubling the rate of reduction of malnourishment,'' it said. The focus will be on ensuring good quality, easily accessible and affordable maternal healthcare services for all women. (UNI)