All branches of Armed Forces should be open for women: Rajnath Singh at NITI Aayog awards

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that women’s participation has increased in armed forces over the years and that it was the Government’s priority to further enhance their role. Singh vocalized this on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Saturday, as he presided over as the chief guest at the Women Transforming India Awards function organized by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog.

Citing the example of Tania Sher Gill, who led an all-men contingent in the Republic Day Parade, he said that women are now leading on many fronts which were once not open to them. The minister also added that no branch of the Armed Forces should remain closed to women and cited that women worked in all the branches of the Indian Air Force (IAF), eight branches in the Indian Army and the non-sea going branches of the Indian Navy. The remaining branches would soon be opened to them, he assured.

Minister Singh said that women are endowed with the impeccable capabilities of creating, nurturing and transforming and emphasised the role of women in the workforce in contributing to the economic growth of the nation. He iterated that society develops only with the upliftment of its women. Women participation is necessary for the country to achieve the 5 Trillion Dollar economy target, he stressed.

He went on to remark, “Today’s awardees have overcome financial and societal challenges to not just redefine the word entrepreneurship but also refine it. I congratulate NITI Aayog and Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) for providing women entrepreneurs with a platform to share their dreams, failures and victories with each other and grow from them.”


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