New Delhi: While addressing the Parliament ahead of the Budget session on January 31, President Ram Nath Kovind stated that the first batch of women cadets will be admitted to the Pune-based National Defence Academy in June this year.
He said that Gender Inclusion Fund has been allocated in the National Education Policy. He feels proud about 33 Sainik Schools in the country have started to admit girls as well. “To increase the learning capabilities of the daughters of the country, a Gender Inclusion Fund has been allocated in the National Education Policy. It is a matter of pride that all the present 33 Sainik Schools in the country have started admitting girls. The government has also approved the admission of women cadets to the National Defence Academy. The first batch will be admitted in June 2022,” the President said.
Further adding he said, “Because of the policy decisions and the encouragement given by my government, various police forces in the country now have more than twice the strength of women as compared to 2014.”
Earlier in August, Supreme Court had passed an interim order while hearing a plea seeking directions to allow eligible women to appear for the entrance exams of the NDA and Naval Academy conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The apex court had asked UPSC to issue a corrigendum in keeping with its interim direction. The court had, however, said that admission of women candidates will be subject to the final ruling on the petition.
Further while addressing President said, measures are taken by the govt to improve education in India. Listing the measures he said, “Several important steps taken to provide better opportunities in education, health, and employment to people of Jammu and Kashmir. Work is underway on 2 AIIMS, besides 7 medical colleges there.”
President Kovind lauds Centre’s welfare schemes
The president further the Central government for its welfare schemes. With praise, he said, “To ensure that no one returns home hungry, my govt distributed free ration to the poor every month as part of the PM Gareeb Kalyan Yojana. Today, India is running the world’s largest food distribution program. Also, the Ayushman Bharat card has benefitted the poor. Availability of medicines at low prices at Jan Aushadi Kendra was also a great move.”
India’s capability to fight Covid-19 visible in country’s vaccination drive: President Kovind
Lauding India’s fight against the novel coronavirus, the President said: “India’s capability to fight Covid-19 was evident in its vaccination program. In less than a year, we made a record of administering over 150 crore doses of vaccine. Today, we’re one of the leading nations in the world when it comes to the number of doses given.”
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