Karnataka works on implementing perks for women to co-own properties

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The state government is working towards implementing perks for women to co-own lands and properties along with their husbands or other male members in the family. Such co-ownership extension to women will be given priority under several government schemes.

The initiative is a part of the larger efforts taken by Karnataka to improve the ranking of gender equality, which is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where the state is behind. The authorities said the move will also provide financial security to women.

As per the sources from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the government is working towards adding a provision to have joint ownership or a joint khata that involves the wife. The source said, “We can’t make this mandatory.” Though, the government will provide incentives for it. The source said, “For example, in the case of joint ownership in agriculture, the government will prioritise them while giving subsidies,” adding that such benefits will be given to them in other sectors also.

Karnataka has performed better in an overall manner, with the 3rd rank for SDG Index 2020-21, but it lags behind when it comes to gender equality, hunger, innovation, infrastructure, climate action &quality education.

Karnataka State Policy and Planning Commission vice-chairperson BJ Puttaswamy said to DH, “In a patriarchal setup, properties are usually registered in the husband’s name and in adverse circumstances, women find themselves abandoned by husband or children. Having a joint khata will help women gain security.”
Yediyurappa gave a positive response to the recommendation, he said, adding further that the order will be issued soon.

The commission has urged the government to assure employment prospects for women in both the private and public sectors. After the meeting with NITI Aayog officials on Tuesday over SDG 2030, Yediyurappa said, “Discussions were held in detail with them to bring Karnataka to the number one position in the SDG index.”

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