Mehbooba takes on governor, calls GOI’s beti bachao beti padao programme a ‘hogwash’

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People's Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti speaking to media persons in Srinagar on 20 January 2019. Photograph by Bhat Burhan for The Kashmir Walla
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Srinagar: A day after governor led administration revoked the zero stamp duty on the property owned by women, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that her government’s women empowering efforts were being negated by the governor.

Terming the centre’s women empowerment scheme ‘Beti bachao and Beti Padao’  a ‘hogwash’, Mehbooba took to her twitter on Saturday and said: “ Women contribute the most to the worlds wealth but hardly own any assets. GoIs beti bachao beti padao programme is simply hogwash. Time for them to walk the talk.”

She said:, “ As far as empowering women is concerned, all our efforts are negated by the Governors recent decision. One fails to understand why my govts historic decision to levy no stamp duty on property registered in the names of females was revoked.”

On Friday the Jammu and Kashmir government led by Governor, Satya Pal Malik  passed an order to revoke the Mehbooba Mufti government’s order of abolishing stamp duty on the sale of properties owned by women in Kashmir.

Citing the powers conferred by clause (a) of section 9 of the Stamp Act Svt. 1977, the order read that the Government has been satisfied that revoking the previous order is in public interest.

In May last year, Ms. Mufti-led government had abolished stamp duty on the properties being registered in the name of female members of the family. The particular step earned applauds from around the country, and was also labeled as ‘landmark decision for women empowerment’.

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