Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said women are the catalysts of change in our society. He was addressing the gathering after giving away the Young Women Achievers Awards 2017-18, organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), on Friday.

Rajnath Singh said that a country cannot rise if half its population remains unequal. “No force can stop India’s emergence as a developed country with such a vast capable, efficient and talented women workforce,” he added.

Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter, saying, “Met some of the most talented and intelligent women achievers of our country at the Indian Iva Awards ceremony organised by the Y-Flo, Delhi”.

“Women in India have been successful in different walks of life and they are pushing through the glass ceiling to take their rightful place,” Rajnath added.

Citing the provision of 33 per cent reservation for women in the police force, the Union Home Minister said their representation in the CAPFs is increasing at a fast pace now.

He said the government has affected several structural and procedural changes to encourage women entrepreneurship.

Rajnath Singh said the government has directed maximum institutional financing facilitating loan approvals for women, Dalits, backward and weaker sections.

With women empowerment, a ‘new India’ will emerge in five years, he added.