On 26 May, BJP is going to complete three years of administration. In three years PM has taken various steps to bring the changes for the development and welfare of the nation and its citizens in every sector. Speaking at the celebration of 50th year of Indian Merchant Chamber (IMC) Ladies Wing in Mumbai through video-conferencing from New Delhi, PM announced that from now onwards, Indian women need not change their names in passports after their marriage.
Earlier, the government had also made access for passports friendlier for divorced or separated women when the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stopped the practice of asking for the name of the spouse.
Parliamentary Panel has looked into the Passport Act 1967 and Passport Rules 1980; comprising officials from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the MEA and the Central Passport Organisation had suggested that the MEA need not print details of a person’s father, mother or spouse in the passport.
The panel also noted that the only information required for immigration is the name, sex, birth, nationality and passport details of the applicant.
Recently, the government also made the process of making Aadhaar number or passport mandatory for booking domestic flight tickets.
Schemes for Women Welfare
Prime Minister said “women to be at the centre of the developmental schemes, his government is working in different ways to empower them through various schemes like Mudra and Ujjwala. The government wants the woman of the house to be the priority in all of its development schemes, he added.”
Launching various schemes for the welfare and growth of women, PM said that the maternity leave for the women now has been extended to 26 weeks from the present 12 weeks while another scheme provides Rs.6000 to women, who chose to deliver in hospitals.
Praising women for their growing spirit everywhere, PM Modi said wherever women are given an opportunity; they have proved that they are two steps ahead of the men.