In his address to the joint sitting of Parliament, President Mukherjee said, “My government recognizes the important role our women play in the development of our society and growth of the nation. It is committed to providing 33 percent reservation to them in the Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies.”

“With a commitment of “Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao”, my government will launch a mass campaign for saving the girl child and enabling her education. It will structure a comprehensive scheme, incorporating best practices from States in this regard. In the recent past, the country has witnessed some grue some incidents of violence against women,” he added.

President Mukherjee said the government will have a policy of zero tolerance for violence against women and will strengthen the criminal justice system for its effective implementation.

The President further said the Centre will take steps to create an enabling eco-system of equal opportunity in education, health and livelihood.

“Keeping in mind welfare of the people belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and the weaker sections of our society; my government will take steps to create an enabling eco-system of equal opportunity in education, health and livelihood. My Government is committed to see that those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes are able to avail emerging opportunities,” said President Mukherjee.

“For the Scheduled Tribes, my government will launch a dedicated “Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojana”. Electrification of tribal hamlets and connecting them with all-weather roads will be a priority area,” he added.

President Mukherjee further said it is unfortunate that even after several decades of independence, sections of minority communities continue to suffer from poverty, as benefits of government schemes do not reach them.

“My government is committed to making all minorities equal partners in India’s progress. The government will especially strengthen measures to spread modern and technical education among minority communities and a National Madarsa Modernization Programme will be initiated,” he added.

President Mukherjee said the welfare and rehabilitation of specially-abled people is integral to the government’s vision of a caring society.

“It will take steps to provide dignity of life to them by facilitating their participation in all walks of life. Steps will be taken to identify their special needs and to provide institutional care to them,” he added.


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