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Indian Women Can Help Create An Alternate Fuel And In These Times, This Could Help Them With Livelihood

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Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan conducted a webinar on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat – Inclusive Growth for Transforming India’ to talk about the participation how crucial the role of women is in turning household waste and used cooking oil into alternate fuel. The webinar, which was organised by the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) took place on Saturday. Encouraging women’s participation in this movement will not only help accelerate their earnings, but will also have a positive impact on the environment.

Talking about the Ujjwala Scheme, Pradhan said, “Due to the scheme, lives of lakhs of women have been saved from domestic pollution. In the trying times of COVID-19 pandemic, LPG connection has proven to be a big boon for these women as well as the government is supplying them free cylinders for three months along with rebate for the months of April, May, and June.”

He further added that while dealing with the repercussions of the emerging times, we need to be looking at new mechanism, businesses, and new ways of working and living. The PNG Ministry is encouraging aggregators and entrepreneurs in the PNG sector and wants to entrust the responsibility of supply, connection, billing, safety, and maintenance in their field to these women. This will definitely give a boost to women’s economic progress.

FLO President Jahnabi Phookan emphasised that it is important to take women along if we want to achieve an Atmanirbhar Bharat. Sustainable livelihood is a necessary part of women empowerment.

The women in our country contribute to a large portion of unpaid labour. It is now important to empower them financially, so as to truly give them a level playing field. Women’s employment has been a major issue of concern in our country. Thousands of women, in both urban and rural areas have no means of earning for themselves and their families. An initiative like this, if successful, will help boost their earnings and in the long run contribute to economic progress.

In addition to women empowerment, Pradhan also talked about the coronavirus situation in India. He said that India has fared much better in containing the spread of the virus. “We supplied medicines to 120 countries and maintained the supply chain,” he said.

In this pandemic, there was have been job losses across sectors. And women, of course, have been the most affected. It has been widely reported that percentage-wise, women have lost more jobs than the men in this economy. By suggesting alternative means of gainful employment, these women can be admitted into the workforce again, helping the economy slowly rise back on its feet.

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