Empowered women can create an empowered society and a strong nation, says PM

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited Kurukshetra in Haryana today. He participated in Swachh Shakti- 2019, a convention of Women Sarpanches and felicitated the women sarpanches from across the country with the Swachh Shakti-2019 awards. PM visited the Swachh Sundar Shauchalay exhibition at Kurukshetra. He inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several development projects for Haryana. Haryana Chief Minister lal Manohar Khattar and several other dignitaries were present on this occasion.  

PM stated that coming together of swachagrahis from across the nation has strengthened the resolve of Swachh Bharat for a New India.  

Striking an emotional cord with the people of Haryana, PM said the state has been   a pioneer from the launch of one rank one pension to beti bachao beti padhao and also the first beneficiary of the Ayushmann bharat scheme was a daughter from Haryana. 

PM emphasised that only empowered women can create an empowered society and a strong nation. He spoke how Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Ujjwala Yojana, National Nutrition Mission, Prime Minister's Safe Maternity Campaign extending maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks and the ownership of houses first to the women under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana have played a key role in empowering the women. “We are the first government to impose death penalty for rapes”, he added 

He said that approximately 75% of the loans under MUDRA are given to female entrepreneurs.  About 6 crore women have joined the self-help groups under the Din Dayal Antayoday scheme and more than Rs. 75000 crore of loans have been provided to such self-help groups. This amount is 2.5 times more than what was allocated in four years preceding 2014

PM said “the constant struggle of our mothers and daughters because of lack of hygienic toilets have stirred me. And I took a pledge of Swacch Bharat from the ramparts of Red Fort. In about 70 years of independence, the scope of hygiene was nearly 40%. It has reached 98% today. More than 10 crore restrooms have been created in the 4 and half years. 5 lakh villages in 600 districts have freed themselves from defecation in open. This has given them a dignified life” 

PM inaugurated the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Badhsa village in Jhajjar district from Kurukshetra itself.

He stated that the Government is making all efforts to ensure health care facilities for all especially for those who can’t afford or find it costly. Elaborating the efforts of his Government, he said that number of health care facilities and institutions have been increased substantially. 21 AIIMS are operating in the country or are under different phases of rapid construction.  Out of these 21 AIIMS, 14 AIIMS have been started after 2014. Now with the setting up of 1.5 lakh wellness centres and the Ayushmann Bharat, we are working simultaneously to ensure health for all. 

PM laid the foundation stone of Shri Krishna Ayush University, Kurukshetra, which is first of its kind in the world, providing   education and treatment through ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathic medical systems.  

The foundation stone of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya University of Health, Karnal, National Institute of Ayurveda, Panchkula and ESIC Medical College and hospital in Faridabad were laid down by the PM on this occasion. 

Laying the foundation stone of ‘Battles of Panipat Museum’, the PM said that the battle of Panipat is a living example of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshta Bharat’. 

PM emphasised that all these projects will make the life of citizens of Haryana, healthy and easy besides creating new opportunities of employment for the youth.

PM appreciated that a Nigerian delegation is on a study tour to learn how the Swachh Bharat Mission has gained ground and how it can be replicated in Nigeria. 

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Speaking at a massive ‘Parivartan Maha Sankalp Rally’ in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, PM Modi stated, "The visible enthusiasm here is a declaration of a desire for change. The people of Chhattisgarh, troubled by the atrocities of the Congress government, are ready for a transformation. Presently, Chhattisgarh grapples with widespread corruption and ineffective governance. Employment opportunities have been marred by scams, and corruption is prevalent in every government initiative. Therefore, Chhattisgarh is ready to remove the Congress government and bring in the BJP.”

PM Modi emphasized that the BJP has a history of understanding Chhattisgarh's potential and aspirations, with Atal Bihari Vajpayee creating the state. He highlighted the establishment of the High Court in Bilaspur and the South East Central Railway headquarters, both significant developments during BJP's governance. He pledged to spare no effort in fulfilling the dreams of the people of Chhattisgarh.

Hitting out at the ruling party of the state, PM Modi highlighted that numerous infrastructure projects in Chhattisgarh, valued at thousands of crores of rupees, are either delayed or stalled due to the Congress government's actions. He questioned how progress could be achieved when the Congress government obstructs these projects.

PM Modi also emphasized how the Deputy CM of Chhattisgarh commended the central government for its support in various areas, a sentiment that didn't sit well with the Congress party. “If the Deputy CM says that Delhi does no injustice, this should have been a matter of happiness for all, but Congress had a hurricane,” he said.

Further, he noted, "During the tenure of the Congress government in Delhi, Chhattisgarh used to receive an average of Rs 300 crore annually for railway development. However, this year, the BJP government has allocated Rs 6,000 crores for railway expansion in Chhattisgarh. It is the BJP government that has also provided Chhattisgarh with the modern Vande Bharat train."

PM Modi accused the Congress of deceiving Chhattisgarh's paddy farmers and asserted that the BJP government at the center consistently purchases their produce, providing over Rs 1 lakh crore in support. He emphasized the BJP's commitment to the well-being of paddy farmers.

Additionally, he highlighted the BJP government's efforts in ensuring a steady supply of affordable fertilizers in the country, despite global price increases. “A bag of urea is being sold for up to Rs 3,000 in the world. But the same bag of urea is available to Indian farmers for less than Rs 300. The central government is spending thousands of crores of rupees for this,” the PM said.

The PM asserted that “Modi” means guarantee of the fulfillment of every guarantee he has undertaken in the last nine years. He announced the fulfillment of one more guarantee to reserve 33 percent of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and Assemblies through the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam. However, he cautioned that the Congress and its allies, despite being pressured by public support, are not pleased with this development and are attempting to sow division among women. He urged people to remain vigilant against such attempts.

Highlighting the Congress’s hatred towards him, PM Modi remarked, “This hatred of Congress towards Modi is because Modi himself comes from a backward society. Therefore, in the name of Modi, they do not hesitate to abuse the entire society. Congress hates all the poor, Dalits, tribals, OBCs. Despite BJP's efforts, such as nominating a Dalit presidential candidate like Ramnath Kovind and a tribal woman President, Congress vehemently opposed these choices.”

PM Modi mentioned Guru Baldas's efforts to highlight how Congress disrespects the SC community. He pointed to the mistreatment of the Satnami community as evidence of Congress's outdated mindset. “They cannot see any Dalit, backward or tribal moving forward. Only the one who attends the court of a particular family is able to progress in their place,” the PM said.

In the end, PM Modi also talked about the Pradhan Mantri Vishwakarma Yojana, a Rs 13,000 crore scheme aimed at benefiting Vishwakarma families. Thousands of individuals from Chhattisgarh are expected to benefit from the scheme, which includes training opportunities, a Rs 15,000 grant for modern equipment purchase, and access to affordable loans in the lakhs to support their work and businesses.