New Delhi, April 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that women no longer need to change their name on passports after marriage. This is a relief for many women who take their husband's name after marriage as now they don't need to go through the tedious process of editing their name on passports. The PM made the announcement while speaking at an event of the Indian Merchant Chamber’s Ladies Wing.
Addressing the golden jubilee celebration of Indian Merchant Chanber's (IMC) Ladies' Wing in Mumbai through video conferencing from New Delhi, Prime Minister said, women have the potential to succeed in all fields; they are excelling and performing better day by day. The government is taking a series of initiatives towards women empowerment. He said, without the empowerment of women, the country cannot move on the path of development.
Speaking on the occasion, From Panchayats to Parliament, wells in villages to Silicon Valley, women are leading from the front, he added. Also, PM Modi urged citizens of India to prepare a roadmap to make the country more prosperous by 2022 when India marks 75 years of independence.
The Prime Minister highlighted the benefits of schemes run for the welfare of the poor. He said, over 2 crore women have been provided LPG connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna and over 70 per cent of the beneficiaries under Mudra Yojana are women. He said, about one crore accounts have been opened so far since the inception of Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna for the girld child.