Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that if desired then women in country won't need to change their names in passports after their marriage anymore. While speaking at the commemoration of the golden jubilee of Indian merchant chamber's ladies wing over a video conferencing, PM Modi said it would be their discretion to use father or mother's name in passport.
"From now onwards, women will not have to change their names in the passport after their marriage," PM Modi said. Stating that he wanted women to be at the centre of the developmental schemes, PM Modi said his government is working in different ways to empower them through various schemes like Mudra and Ujjwala, among others.
The government wants the woman of the house to be the priority in all of its development schemes, he added. Citing various women-oriented schemes launched by his government, the Prime Minister said the maternity leave for the women has been extended now to 26 weeks from the present 12 weeks while another scheme provides for transfer of Rs. 6,000 to women, who chose to deliver in hospitals.
"The government has set a target of covering as many as 5 crore people from BPL families over the next two years. Within a year of its launch, the scheme has already benefited 2 crore women. Under the LPG subsidy surrender campaign, already 1.2 crore people have voluntarily given up their benefits," he added.
Praising women for their entrepreneurial spirit, PM Modi said wherever women are given an opportunity, they have proved that they are two steps ahead of the men. The biggest contributors to the dairy and livestock sectors are women.
Lijjat Papad and Amul are the shining examples of what our women can do if empowered. 70 per cent of the Mudra loans borrowers are women now, which indicate the rising entrepreneurial spirit of the women, the prime minister pointed out.
Watch his full speech here: