ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has directed the Ministry of Women Development to review and strengthen its role for women empowerment in the country and for ensuring that women related issues, including legal, social, economic and developmental are fully adhered to by all departments and divisions. The Prime Minister said this in his meeting with the members of National Assemblys Standing Committee on Women Development, led by Chairperson, Ms. Bushra Gohar, at his Parliament House Chamber here Tuesday. The Prime Minister welcomed and greatly appreciated the suggestions given by the Members of the Committee and assured them that the government is giving full importance to the cross cutting role of the Ministry. He said he would ensure that all programmes of the Ministry would be developed and implemented in consultation with the Standing Committee. He further directed to ensure that adequate financing is provided for the construction of working womens hostels, vocational and skill training centres for the women and registration would be undertaken on the rights of women. During the meeting, the Committee highlighted the need to ensure full autonomy to the National Commission on the Status of Women. The Prime Minister said that gender mainstreaming was necessary for development of the country, as they constitute 50 per cent of population. The Prime Minister said that the government was paying special attention to providing education and employment to women so that they could become economically empowered. He said the government was ensuring 10 per cent quota fixed for them in public sector jobs. He said the government had increased the allocation of Benazir Income Support Programme to Rs 70 billion in the next years budget. Under this scheme, the government is providing one thousand rupees per month to the women members of poor families in all parts of the country. The MNAs gave suggestions to the Prime Minister for reviewing the National Plan for Development and Empowerment of Women. They informed the Prime Minister that they had held detailed meetings with the finance team and communicated them with their suggestions on Budget 2009-10. They also appreciated the governments decision of increasing the salaries of employees from BS 1-16 by 20 per cent and of withdrawing the proposed Carbon Tax on CNG. Other members of the Standing Committee who attended the meeting included Muhammad Moazzan Ali Khan, Khush Bakht Shujaat, Sardar Al-Haj M. Umar Gorgage, Nisar Tanveer, Qudsia Arshad, Miss Shaheen Ishfaq, Dr Attiya Inayatullah and Fauzia Ejaz Khan. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Social Sector, Shahnaz Wazir Ali and Secretary, Women Development also attended the meeting.