New Delhi, July 12: A Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, approved a draft national policy for women proposing free education for girls from poor families and a health card for all women.
"The group of ministers has approved the policy. Some changes were made in light of the deliberations over four meetings between March and June. In its fifth meeting today, the GoM adopted the policy document," GoM spokesperson said.
The draft National Policy for Women, 2017, also moots that a woman accused of a non-heinous crime, who has remained an under-trial for one-third of her jail time, should be given bail. The policy document will now be sent to the Cabinet for its nod.
The policy envisions a society in which, women attain their full potential and are able to participate as equal partners in all spheres of life. It also emphasises the role of an effective framework to enable the process of developing policies, programmes and practices which will ensure equal rights and opportunities for women.
The GoM comprises ministers from 11 ministries, including external affairs, women and child development, finance, agriculture, social justice, human resource development and law. The latest draft is a revised version of a document released in May last year.
Priority Areas of National Policy for Women: