Speaking at the commemoration of-of the golden jubilee of the Indian merchant chambers' ladies wing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that from now on, women did not have to change their names in their passports after marriage. There is now no need for women to produce their marriage or divorce certificates and if they want, they can have the names of their father or mother in their passports.
It will be their choice on using either their father or mother's names in the document. She hadn't changed her name when she got married and neither had she added his name to her passport, but hers was considered a "complicated case", and passport officers thought it important to question her about why she was divorced, and just what had happened.
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Modi also highlighted the role women have been playing in the country's development and the Centre's efforts to empower them. I haven't changed my surname post marriage & had no issues with that when I renewed my passport.
Now, PM Modi has reached another social media milestone by nailing his presence on pictures sharing platform Instagram. The Government also chose to give women the first right in all the schemes being executed by it.
On the free cooking gas distribution project launched a year ago under the Ujjwala scheme, PM said, "Under the LPG subsidy surrender campaign, already 1.2 crore people have voluntarily given up their benefits". He also mentioned that more than 1.20 crore rural women have already been showered with the benefits of Ujjwala Yojna.
Modi addressed the event through video conferencing. "Ganga had had charka that he had gifted to Gandhi as medium of women empowerment, a gift that inspired the father of the nation at that time", the Prime Minister added.