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In pics: Modi plays drums, interacts with ‘Solar Mamas’ in Tanzania

india Updated: Jul 10, 2016 19:16 IST
Modi in Tanzania

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday interacted in Dar-es-Salaam with a group of 30 ‘Solar Mamas’, women from Tanzania and a few other African countries trained in harnessing solar energy under the Indian government programmes.

“Celebrating the Solar Mamas! PM interacts with women trained in vocational skills under India’s development support,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit to Barefoot College and ‘Solar Mamas’ of Africa, in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. (PTI Photo)

With the support of the Indian government, the Barefoot College at Tilonia in Ajmer, Rajasthan, has been promoting and training rural women solar engineers, called ‘Solar Mamas’, from various developing countries, including from African nations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes a look at solar-powered equipment during a visit to the Barefoot College and ‘Solar Mamas’ in Dar-es-Salaam on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

The college is promoting and training these women in fabrication, installation, use, repair and maintenance of solar lanterns and household solar lighting system under programmes supported by the Indian government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit to the Barefoot College. (PTI Photo)

Barefoot women’s vocational training colleges have been set up in Zanzibar island of Tanzania and some other countries in Africa for imparting solar electrification skills and distributing solar kits.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his host, Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli, play drums at the entrance of State House during an official welcome ceremony in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

In Sunday’s interaction, the women demonstrated their honey-extraction and stitching practices and sung civil rights anthem, “We shall overcome”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Tanzanian president John Magufuli in Dar-es-Salaam on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Earlier on Sunday, India and Tanzania signed five agreements, including one on setting up a centre for vocational training in Zanzibar, following bilateral discussions headed by Modi and Tanzanian President John Magufuli.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is greeted by a kid during a ceremonial welcome in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Prior to Sunday’s talks, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the State House.

Modi also played a traditional drum along with Magufuli, adding a local, informal touch to the ceremony.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by members of the Indian community in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. (PTI Photo)

Modi arrived in Tanzania on Saturday night from South Africa on the third leg of his four-nation tour of Africa.

This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Tanzania in five years since the visit of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2011.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by members of the Indian community in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. (PTI Photo)

Modi will leave for Kenya later on Sunday on the fourth and final leg of his African sojourn.