President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said there was a need to “create conditions” for “more and more” women to come into the workforce.

Addressing the 34th annual session of FICCI Ladies Organisation, Kovind said efforts must be made to ensure appropriate, encouraging and safe conditions at home, society and workplace for women.

“Women constitute half our country. They contribute to our economy at work and at home, in many diverse ways. They are the sheet-anchor of our society,” he said.

“Yet, when it comes to business and commerce, it is regrettable that women have not been given their due,” he added.

Kovind further said: “We need to create conditions for more and more of our daughters and sisters to come into the workforce.”

“We need to push harder to ensure appropriate, encouraging and safe conditions at home, in society and at the workplace to enhance percentage of working women.”

The president said with increased participation from women, both household incomes and the nation’s GDP will rise.

He also cited the successful example of Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad which was set up in March 1959 by seven women from Mumbai with a capital of Rs 80.

“Today, the Lijjat Papad brand has travelled globally. Its annual turnover is about Rs 1,600 crore and 45,000 women are stakeholders. We need to incubate more such success stories in our country,” he said.

“We need to take the magic of entrepreneurship to and facilitate start-ups of women at the bottom of the pyramid. Government has a role here, but so do civil society and business,” he added.