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Women don't need to change their names on passports: PM Modi

Women don't need to change their names on passports: PM Modi

PM Modi says, name change in passport after marriage is optional for women.

Prime minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the most followed world leader on photo-sharing app Instagram with a whopping 6.9 million followers, surpassing U.S. president Donald Trump.

The Prime Minister made the announcement while speaking at the golden jubilee event of the Indian Merchant Chamber's Ladies Wing.

Please Wait while comments are loading. This implies that a woman who has retained her maiden name after marriage is not bound to get her surname changed in the passport.

Given the confusion it seems to have created among people, especially married women who had never had their passports updated on this front, we tried to get to the bottom of it all. "It'll be their discretion to use father/mother's name in passport", he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the progress of modern India is directly linked to the empowerment of women.

"We have initiated this for a simple reason: Even today, the situation in our society is such that the house is registered in the name of father or son or husband". He said that the government has chose to accord women first right to all schemes.

On the free cooking gas distribution project launched last year under the Ujjwala scheme, Modi said, "The government has set a target of covering as many as 5 crore people from BPL families over the next two years".

He further informed that that quite recently Maternity leave bill had been passed in the parliament which had increased the number of leaves from 12 to 26 weeks.

"Burson-Marsteller's second installment of the World Leaders on Instagram study demonstrates the popularity and effectiveness of visual communications in the public sector", said Don Baer, Worldwide Chair and CEO, Burson-Marsteller.

Lijjat Papad and Amul are the shining examples of what our women can do if empowered, the prime minister pointed out.