Kurukshetra:12/2/19: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 Manohar Lal 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 inaugurated the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Badhsa village in Jhajjar district from Kurukshetra itself.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