Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that empowerment of women, who constitute almost half of India’s population, is very crucial for the country to make progress and achieve economic prosperity.
“We must move beyond seeing women as beneficiaries of schemes and encourage them to be participants in designing and implementing their vision for the country,” the Vice President said.
His remarks came addressing the gathering at CII in New Delhi after giving away Women Exemplar Awards to Munni Begum, Asha and Vechulou Kanuo and the Lifetime Achievement Award to YC Deveshwar.
Stressing that India has the rich culture of respecting and honouring women, the Vice President said “right from ancient times; women in India have been treated as equals and with respect”.
“Many of our rivers are named after women and whenever given an opportunity, they have excelled in different fields from sports to flying combat aircraft,” he added.
The women exemplars have fought against all odds and flourished, he said. They flourished not for their own benefit, but showed the way to thousands of others, he added.
Vice President Naidu said that we must ensure equitable distribution of the fruits of our economic prosperity. “Poor and weaker sections should not be left behind in the growth narrative of India. It is the duty of those who are better off to think of the disadvantaged sections and help in their uplift,” he said.
Talking of the government initiative in this direction, the Vice President said Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme, Ujjwala and other schemes to promote women entrepreneurship are a bid to empower women.
Niti Aayog also set up a women entrepreneurship cell to promote women’s participation in our economy, he added.
He also told that Indian industry has a major role to promote inclusive growth from the grass root level and we need visionary business leaders to provide resources, ideas, energy and the drive in this regard.