Several other suggestions were also made during the proceedings of the meeting. Venkaiah Naidu is a supporter of women's reservation in educational institutions in order to provide them with "better opportunities”, and also believes that women should be granted more business loans. Nirmala Sitharaman opined that women who are undertrials should be kept in special homes. Another minister was of the opinion that women undertrials, if accused of non-heinous crimes but found guilty, should only serve a third of their time. He also recommended that women starting businesses should be given more loans, a source said.
An excerpt from the draft of the policy released last year states, "Nearly a decade and half has passed since the National Policy for the Empowerment of Women (NPEW), 2001, was formulated, which laid down a comprehensive progressive policy for the advancement, development, and empowerment of women with appropriate policy prescriptions and strategies. Since then, significant strides in global technology and information systems have placed the Indian economy on a trajectory of higher growth, impacting the general populace and women in particular, in unique and different ways. These changes have brought forth fresh opportunities and possibilities for women’s empowerment, while at the same time presenting new and emerging challenges, which, along with persisting socio-economic problems, continue to hinder gender equality and holistic empowerment of women. Further, the deep-rooted patriarchal social constructs position women in disempowered social and economic hierarchies that impede the realisation of their rights.The ministry is also crowdsourcing innovative ideas from citizens to make the policy more contemporary."
This draft has also addressed issues surrounding single women and widows. Moreover, they are looking for groundbreaking ideas coming from citizens as well, to incorporate into the new policy.