Technology can never replace people-to-people contact between the government and the people and women are best suited to that role, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Wednesday.
Fadnavis was addressing the BJP Women Conclave, where he spoke on issues related to women empowerment, his government’s policy decisions and the challenges ahead. When it comes to heart -to-heart communication, women have a clear edge. Also, they have access inside the home,” said Fadnavis. “They can play an important role in taking the government’s achievements and policies to the masses. In the past 19 months, our government has taken several decisions to bring greater transparency and accountability in the system, such as the Right to Services Act. By October 2, we would cover 350 services under this Act,” he said. The chief minister also spoke of the government’s efforts to tackle drought.
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“The Opposition boasts of loan waiver to help farmers. But if we calculate the total amount of waiver by them (Congress-NCP), it was Rs 7,000 crore. Whereas in one-and-a-half years, we allotted Rs 18,000 crore for farmers in drought-hit districts. Public memory is short. And it is here that our women wing can work to create awareness among masses about the good work done by the government,” he said.
Saying that women were accorded immense significance even in the Jana Sangha, Fadnavis said, “We have a great lineage of women leaders whose sacrifice and social commitment cannot be undermined. From the Jana Sangha days, we have always given importance to the role of women in organisational work. It has passed on from the Jana Sangha to the BJP.”
Noting that more women in the party today wish to take the electoral plunge, Fadnavis said merit rather than family lineage would be the deciding factor while giving election tickets.
“Women are proving their mettle across fields and politics is no expectation. At the Nashik passing-out parade, a batch of 750 police officers had 250 women. Out of the ten awards given for best performance, six were bagged by women. In politics too, I can see a clear change, where women are reaffirming their political identity through social commitment and immense contribution to organisational work, rather than working in the shadow of a godfather.”