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JAMMU: Rising vegetable prices, LPG, transport costs and house rents are slowly squeezing household budgets forcing families to cut down on their food budgets and leaving them with virtually nothing to save.This was stated by former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla while addressing huge women gathering at Haripur, Phalian Mandal.Addressing on the occasion, former Minister said rising borrowing costs have dashed household dreams and soaring prices of food and vegetables forcing poor to change their lifestyle. “The government on the other hand doing nothing to control prices and the same is not reflecting on the ground. Bhalla blamed the government for failing to tackle prices and making life difficult for the common man.Charging the Narendra Modi government of failing to fulfill its commitment to women, made during the public rallies by Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Bhalla said the policies of the government only serve to hide the ‘anti-women’ agenda of the BJP.Statistics about violence against women are often bandied about, but we need to work on the solutions, with urgency. We must care about women’s safety and security, and we must care about their freedom. They are citizens who must have an economic, political and social voice – as guaranteed by the Constitution of India.It was a Congress government that introduced gender budgeting, and our policies like MNREGA have kept women in mind at every step – be it equal wages, involvement in audits, and direct payment into bank accounts.We need women to frame policy, to strengthen party organisations, and to lead us to a fairer future.Historically, Congress has been at the forefront of the struggle for women’s rights, equality and empowerment. India’s only woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, belonged to the Congress.We passed many laws that empowered women. We mainstreamed gender in government schemes, added Bhalla.
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