Himachal chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu believes that digital technology and innovation can help minimise the gender gap prevalent in society, and has stressed the need for greater emphasis on it.
“Bringing women into the technology sector results in finding creative solutions to problems. It has greater potential for innovations that meet women’s needs and promote gender equality,” said chief minister Sukhu.
He was addressing a gathering in Shimla at a campaign launch themed: ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality’ on Thursday.
Appreciating the efforts of the Anti-Corruption Bureau in launching the campaign, the chief minister said that women have always discharged their responsibility and duty with complete devotion. “Such campaigns play a pivotal role to strengthen the efforts of the government for environmental protection,” he added.
Chief minister Sukhu also said that Congress is committed to bringing about a positive change in the male-dominated society. “We need to change the male-dominated mindset and Congress governments have taken real steps in this direction from time to time. This has brought a positive change in the lives of women in the last 3-4 decades.”
Earlier, director general of police (DGP) Sanjay Kundu said that as per the guidelines of the state government, the police department is making better use of technology to prevent crimes against women and children. He expressed gratitude to the state government for bringing women officers into a central role in the police department.
A presentation on the ‘role of women in technology’ was made on the occasion. Rural development and panchayati raj minister Anirudh Singh, chief parliamentary secretary Sanjay Awasthi and MLA Harish Janartha also planted saplings.
CM Sukhvinder Sukhu also launched a plantation drive in Shimla organised by the State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau. He planted a sapling of ‘Cryptomeria’ near Vigilance Bureau headquarters on the occasion.