Empowerment of women is necessary for India’s development in 21st century: PM Modi | India News

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VADODARA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of development projects worth Rs 21,000 crore in Gujarat.
While addressing a rally after launching a nutritional programme for tribal women and multiple development projects, he said empowerment of women and their progress is necessary for the overall development of India in the 21st century. PM also added that his government has removed all restrictions so that women can choose any career of their liking.
“Speedy development and empowerment of women is necessary for India’s development in the 21st century,” Modi said while addressing the ‘Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan’ rally.
“My government has removed all the restrictions so that women can choose the career they like … All the doors have been opened for them,” he added.
PM Modi highlighted the development initiatives undertaken by his government in the past eight years. “Our double-engine govt has empowered women in the last 8 years. Their empowerment is imperative for India’s development. Today, from Army to mines, policies are being made keeping women’s welfare in mind,” the prime minister said.
PM Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 21,000 crore in Gujarat
Beneficiaries of various government schemes participated in Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan at Vadodara on Saturday.
PM Modi dedicated and laid the foundation stone of various Railway projects worth over Rs 16,000 crores. These include the inauguration of 357 Km long New Palanpur – Madar Section of Dedicated Freight Corridor; gauge conversion of 166 km long Ahmedabad-Botad section; electrification of 81 km long Palanpur – Mitha Section, among others.
Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of Surat, Udhna, Somnath and Sabarmati Stations, along with the foundation stone of other initiatives in the railway sector.
Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, a total of 1.38 lakh houses have been by the Prime Minister, including houses worth around Rs 1,800 crore in urban areas and houses worth over Rs 1,530 crores in rural areas. In addition, Khat Muhurat of around 3,000 houses worth over Rs 310 crores will also be done.
During the programme, PM Modi dedicated and laid the foundation stone of various development works at Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, and Panchmahal, worth over Rs 680 crore.
He also laid the foundation stone of Gujarat Central University in Kundhela village of Dabhoi taluka of Gujarat. Located at about 20 km from Vadodara city, the University will be constructed at a cost of around Rs 425 crores and will cater to higher education needs of over 2,500 students, said Prime Minister’s Office.
With a focus on improving maternal and child health, PM Modi launched ‘Mukhyamantri Matrushakti Yojana‘, which will have an outlay of Rs 800 crores. Under the scheme, pregnant and lactating mothers are to be given 2 kg of chickpeas, 1 kg of tur dal and 1 kg of edible oil free of cost from Anganwadi Centres every month.
The Prime Minister also disbursed around Rs 120 crores towards ‘Poshan Sudha Yojana’, which is now being extended to all tribal beneficiaries in the state.
(With agency inputs)

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