Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, while launching two days celebration of International Women’s Day from Vadodara, on Saturday, said, Under the ambitious Mission Mangalam scheme of Gujarat Government, thousands of women self help groups in the state will be entrusted responsibilities of managing fund in the tune of Rs. 5000 crore .He appealed the Nari-Shakti to play a decisive role in the economic progress of the state. At present the fund of Rs. 400 crore is administered, in the absolute professional manner, by the self help groups, he added.

With a view to ensuring women’s participation in administration as well as to strengthen women empowerment at grass root level, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, while addressing a Mega Women’s Convention (Virat Mahila Sammelan) of Central Gujarat in Vadodara, appealed the younger generation of the state to contribute as many as 100 hours during the year long celebration of Swarnim Gujarat. Of these 100 hours, the youth should play a positive role either in the field of which he or she is interested. The youth, he added, can contribute either in the field of education, health, energy conservation or environment.

Thousands of women from Vadodara, Dahod, Godhra, Bharuch, Narmada, and Anand attended the convention that was held at Ansuya Leprosy Hospital ground at Ajwa road in Vadodara.

Shri Narendra Modi also disbursed various welfare schemes to women beneficiaries at this convention. As many as 1731 women of Central Gujarat were given away assets and cash assistance worth Rs. 48.42 lakh under various women welfare and development schemes.

Aiming to encourage women in sports activities, scholarship worth Rs. 5,20,800 were given to 109 sportswomen of Central Gujarat while 126 women were benefited with Rs. 21 lakh 08 thousand cash assistance, under Mata Yashoda Award scheme at the convention. At least 1280 girls were given away savings certificates worth Rs. 8 lakh under Balika Samruddhi Yojna while Rs. 3.5 lakh were given from Mata Yashoda Award Gaurav Fund to seven women.

Women and Child Welfare minister Shrimati Anandiben Patel and Social Justice and Empowerment minister Shri Fakirbhai Vaghela also spoke on the occasion.Three sports women were also awarded with special trophy for their achievement in archery at National level.

The CM also dedicated five Anganwadi Mobile Vans purchased at the cost of Rs. 12, 35,636 for the Anganwadis of Chota Udepur, Dahod, Narmada, Bharuch and panchmahals. As many as 245 trained widows, for self employment, were given away widow aid kits worth Rs. 12.25 lakh. For the first time in the country, Anganwadi workers were given cooker, gas connections and burners.

Parliamentary Secretary Yogesh Patel, Mayor Balkrishna Shukla, MLAs from Vadodara, Narmada and Anand, Sports and Youth Culture secretary Bhagyesh Jha, collector Vijay Nehra, Municipal Commissioner M. K. Das and District Development Officer L. C. Patel were present on the occasion.

The CM will address three more Mega Women Conventions in Rajkot, Surat and Ahmedabad by tomorrow.

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MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh’s Statement after meeting with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister
June 24, 2021

A discussion with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister has just ended. This has been a very positive effort towards the development and strengthening of democracy in Jammu-Kashmir. The meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere. All the participants expressed their full allegiance to the democracy of India and the Constitution of India.

The Home Minister apprised all the leaders of the improvement in the situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

The Prime Minister listened to every party’s arguments and suggestions with all seriousness and he appreciated the fact that all the people's representatives shared their point of view with an open mind. The Prime Minister laid special emphasis on two important issues in the meeting. He said that we all have to work together to take democracy to the grassroots in Jammu-Kashmir. Secondly, there should be all-round development in Jammu-Kashmir and development should reach every region and every community. It is necessary that there should be an atmosphere of cooperation and public participation.

Hon'ble Prime Minister also pointed out that elections to Panchayati Raj and other local bodies have been successfully held in Jammu-Kashmir. There is improvement in the security situation. About 12,000 crore rupees have directly reached the panchayats after the conclusion of elections. This has accelerated the pace of development in the villages.

The Prime Minister said that we have to approach the next important step related to the democratic process in Jammu-Kashmir i.e. assembly elections. The process of delimitation has to be completed expeditiously so that every region and every section gets adequate political representation in the assembly. It is necessary to give a proper representation to the Dalits, backwards and people living in tribal areas.

There was a detailed discussion in the meeting regarding the participation of everybody in the process of delimitation. All the parties present in the meeting have agreed to participate in this process.

The Prime Minister also emphasized the cooperation of all the stakeholders to take Jammu-Kashmir on the path of peace and prosperity. He said that Jammu-Kashmir is moving out of the vicious circle of violence and moving towards stability. New hope and new confidence have emerged among the people of Jammu-Kashmir.

The PM also said that we will have to work day and night to strengthen this trust and work together to improve this confidence. Today's meeting is an important step for strengthening the democracy and the development and prosperity of Jammu-Kashmir. I thank all the political parties for attending today's meeting.