PM invokes Durga to reaffirm commitment to women’s empowerment

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reaffirmed his government’s ‘irrevocable commitment’ to women’s empowerment. Pointing out that Goddess Durga was worshipped as a symbol of ‘Shakti’, Modi said his government was consistently working for the empowerment of women.

‘From opening Jan Dhan accounts for 22 crore women, giving soft loans to them under the Mudra Yojana, to launching Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao initiative, granting permanent commission to women in the armed forces and extending maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks, we have taken a number of steps for their empowerment,’ he told a gathering at Durga Puja celebration organised by the BJP in West Bengal.

The PM also said anti-rape laws were made more stringent to include death penalty. ‘We are alert towards the security of women,’ he added.

He said Durga Puja is the epitome of pluralism and reflected the collective strength of India.