MeraNews Network, Ahmedabad: Foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said a proposal to provide non-resident Indians (NRIs) the right to vote via proxy will soon be passed in Parliament.
Swaraj, speaking at the Mahila Townhall programme organized by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the GMDC convention hall in Ahmedabad, said the central cabinet has approved the proposal, under which NRIs can authorize any person to vote in their stead.
Under the proposal, NRIs can choose a proxy for assembly and general elections held in the county—with the caveat that a different proxy would have to be named for each election.
Swaraj on Friday addressed around 1 lakh women across 24 locations in Gujarat, and answered questions at the GMDC venue as well as via video-conferencing during the three-hour event. She was accompanied at the venue by chief minister Vijay Rupani and his predecessor Anandiben Patel.
In her address, the external affairs minister spoke about the success of the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre as well as schemes enacted for the benefit of women.
In response to a question on the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, she said, “The scheme has been successful and we have changed the lifestyle of women in villages where they used to collect firewood to cook...”