Empowered women can create strong nation, says PM

Empowered women could create an empowered society and a strong nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while participating in Swachh Shakti- 2019, a convention of women sarpanches from across the country at Kurukshetra in Haryana today.
On the occasion, Modi also distributed the Swachh Shakti-2019 awards. He also visited the Swachh Sundar Shauchalay exhibition here. He inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several development projects for Haryana. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and several other dignitaries were present on this occasion.
The Prime Minister said the coming together of Swachagrahis from across the nation had strengthened the resolve of Swachh Bharat for a New India.  
He said Haryana has been a pioneer from the launch of One Rank One Pension to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. The first beneficiary of the Ayushmann Bharat scheme was a daughter from Haryana.
He 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 the death penalty for rapes,” he added.
Approximately, 75% of the loans under MUDRA were given to female entrepreneurs.  About six crore women have joined the self-help groups (SHGs) under the Deen Dayal Antayoday scheme and more than Rs. 75,000 crore in loans has been provided to such groups. This amount was 2.5 times more than what was allocated in four years preceding 2014, he 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 four and a half years. Five lakh villages in 600 districts have freed themselves from defecation in open. This has given them a dignified life,” he added.
Later, Modi inaugurated the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Badhsa village in Jhajjar district from here itself.
He said the Government was making all efforts to ensure health care facilities for all especially for those who cannot afford it. The number of health care facilities and institutions has increased substantially. 
As many as 21 All India Institutes of Medical Science (AIIMS) were operating in various cities or were under different phases of rapid construction.  Of these, 14 have been started after 2014. Now with the setting up of 1.5 lakh wellness centres and Ayushmann Bharat, the government was working to ensure health for all, he said.
Modi also laid the foundation stone of Shri Krishna Ayush University, Kurukshetra, which would be the first of its kind in the world to provide education and treatment through Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathic medical systems. 
He laid 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 through remote control.
Laying the foundation stone of ‘Battles of Panipat Museum’, he said the battle was a living example of ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’.
He 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.
He expressed appreciation for a Nigerian delegation which is on a study tour to learn how the Swachh Bharat Mission has gained ground and how it can be replicated in the African nation.

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