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Financially empowered women are a bulwark against societal evils, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Modi also appreciated the role of women self-help groups in development of rural areas during an interaction through his mobile app.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2018 13:08 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Prime Minster Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Punjab’s Muktsar district on July 11, 2018.  The PM addressed women associated with self-help groups across the country through the Narendra Modi mobile app. (Sanjeev Kumar/ HT Photo )

Financially empowered women are a “bulwark against societal evils”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday while interacting with more than one crore women associated with various self-help groups across the country.

“For women, empowerment financial independence is necessary. Women are enterprising, they don’t need to be taught, only need to be given opportunities to perform,” he said during the interaction through the Narendra Modi Mobile App.

Underlining the importance of women empowerment, especially in rural areas, for overall development of the society, Modi said women in the country have huge potential in them and need to realise their capabilities.

“Financial independence makes a woman assertive and empowered. Financially empowered women are a bulwark against societal evils,” he said.

The prime minister appreciated the role of women self-help groups in development of rural areas.

Since 2014 the government has created 20 lakh self-help groups on priority, and over 2.25 crore families have been brought into their fold, he said.

“So far 45 lakh women self-help groups have been created with five crore active women participants... in fact these groups have added one more earning member in these five crore families in rural areas,” he said.

Modi also noted that agriculture and animal husbandry sectors, which are vital for rural economy, cannot run without the participation of women.

During the interaction, women also shared their inspiring and touching stories and how the self-help groups have helped them improve their lives.

Modi said women self-help groups are laying the foundation of financial prosperity in rural areas and added that women in the country have potential to transform the society.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Jul 12, 2018 12:47 IST