Since independence, upliftment of women has been one of the objectives of Indian Polity. With the framework of a democratic polity, our laws, development policies, plans and programmers have aimed at women’s advancement in different spheres, time in and time out.
From 5th five year plan onwards there has been a marked shift in approach to women’s issues from welfare to development and many attempts and provisions have been made by the government for empowerment of women. The main objective and goals of National Policy of Empowerment of women are:
(a) Creating an environment though positive economic and social policies for full development of women to enable them to realize their full potential.
(b) Equal access to participation and decision making of women in social, political and economic life of the nation also in healthcare, quality education, career and vocational guidance, employment, safety etc.,
(e) De-jure and de-facto enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedom on equal basis with men (in political, social, cultural and civil life)
(d) Elimination of discrimination and all forms of violence against women and girl-child.
(e) Strengthening legal systems aimed at elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
For economic and social empowerment of women various measures have been undertaken. Special attention will be given to strengthening to existing micro finance institutions and creation of new ones.
Keeping in view the role that women play in electronics, information technology and food processing agro industry, textiles, etc. a strategically support services to participate in various industrial sectors, equal access to education, health, nutrition good and safe drinking water, proper housing and shelter, feasible environment for all-round development, involvement of women in science and technology are the issues that come under social empowerment of women.