The President of India,
Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented Nari Shakti Puruskars for the year 2016
at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (March 8, 2017) on the
occasion of International Women’s Day.
Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated the individual
ladies and organizations of India who received the national award, the
Nari Shakti Puruskar today. He said that they have distinguished
themselves in taking up challenges and realizing high aspirations that
they represent. Behind each success is a story of tremendous commitment
and perseverance. Each accomplishment represents the sincere efforts of
thousands of other women and these are to be equally respected.
The President said that Government is equally concerned at the rising
rate of violent crimes against women. It is inexcusable that women in
India do not feel as secure and safe as they should. Gender biases have
no place in modern India where inclusive development is a key objective.
A greater emphasis on early sensitization of children and youth in
schools and institutions of higher learning would help inculcate due
respect for the female gender. This should be taken up through
appropriate measures in our rural and urban populations and through
well-conceived and coherent Government programmes.
The President said that on International Women’s Day, it is important to
reiterate that every girl child and woman in our country should be
assured that Government of India is fully committed to providing her an
enabling environment that affords equal opportunity. She should feel
confident that she can achieve her highest aspirations in whichever
field she chooses. Prime Minister’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign has
been launched in response to the falling Child Sex Ratio in many parts
of our country. It is designed to also motivate girl children in every
part of our country to enroll in primary education. The programme
entails selective intervention - 100 districts across India have been
targeted in 2015 and expanded to 61 additional districts in 2016.