Em­power women to fight so­cial evils: Modi

In Bihar over 2.5 lakh peo­ple are as­so­ci­ated with self help groups

Oman Daily Observer - - INDIA -

NEW DELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Thurs­day em­pha­sised on em­pow­er­ing women to make them “bul­warks” against so­cial evils.

Modi said fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence makes a woman as­sertive and em­pow­ered. “Fi­nan­cially em­pow­ered women are a bul­wark against so­cial evils,” he said.

“The most im­por­tant thing is to let women know their po­ten­tial and tal­ent, and let­ting them avail op­por­tu­ni­ties,” the prime min­is­ter said here while in­ter­act­ing with over one crore women as­so­ci­ated with self-help groups through video­con­fer­enc­ing.

“Women leave be­hind all ob­sta­cles if and when they are given op­por­tu­ni­ties to progress,” he said.” “They are en­ter­pris­ing; they do not need to be taught; they only need to be given op­por­tu­ni­ties to per­form,” he said.

Modi said, “whichever sec­tor you look at to­day, you will find women work­ing in huge num­bers there. Agri­cul­ture and dairy sec­tors in the coun­try are unimag­in­able with­out the con­tri­bu­tion of women.”

He also said that about five crore women are reap­ing the ben­e­fits of 45 lakh self help groups which have been made for them.

“Since 2014 the govern­ment has cre­ated 20 lakh self-help groups on pri­or­ity, and over 2.25 crore fam­i­lies have been brought into their fold,” he said.

The prime min­is­ter said that the net­work of the self help groups has been spread across the coun­try and is as­so­ci­ated with dif­fer­ent kinds of busi­nesses.

The govern­ment is pro­vid­ing them train­ing, fi­nan­cial help and op­por­tu­nity.

Af­ter in­ter­act­ing with Am­rita Devi from Patna, Modi said: “We heard how her life changed af­ter she got as­so­ci­ated with the self help groups. I am shar­ing few more ex­am­ples from Bihar.

“In Bihar over 2.5 lakh peo­ple are as­so­ci­ated with self help groups and are do­ing bet­ter paddy farm­ing af­ter get­ting proper train­ing.

“In the same way over two lakh peo­ple are us­ing the new tech­nique in veg­etable farm­ing.”

The prime min­is­ter also said that in 22 dis­tricts of Ch­hat­tis­garh, 122 Bi­han Bazaar out­lets have been made where over 200 va­ri­eties of prod­ucts made by self help groups were be­ing sold.

Women leave be­hind all ob­sta­cles if and when they are given op­por­tu­ni­ties to progress NAREN­DRA

MODI Prime Min­is­ter

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