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PM launches Guj govt’s welfare schemes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched “Swavalamban Abhiyan” a set of 11 pro-poor welfare initiatives of the Gujarat government for women, youth and below poverty line people in the state capital Gandhinagar.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2014 01:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Prime Minister Narendra Modi,Swavalamban Abhiyan,Chinese president Xi Jinping

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched “Swavalamban Abhiyan” a set of 11 pro-poor welfare initiatives of the Gujarat government for women, youth and below poverty line people in the state capital Gandhinagar.

The new schemes and initiatives that Modi launched were promised in this year’s budget of the Gujarat government.

“These initiatives have been designed to help poor people like small farmers, labourers, women and jobless youth. A person breaks down completely when he becomes dependent on others. In such a situation, he would think of dying instead of living. There is no better thing than bringing such persons out from that miserable situation,” Modi said during a function at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

Modi also lauded Gujarati women for creating milk cooperatives which built formidable dairy sector in the state. “We need to motivate such women. When I was the chief minister, I asked these dairies to deposit the money directly into the account of that woman only, not into the account of a male member. I received blessings of lakhs of women,” he said talking about women running dairy cooperatives in Gujarat.

He criticised the welfare schemes launched in the past saying those schemes made people dependent on the doles and freebies of the government. “We have to design schemes which make people self-reliant and self-dependent. The government schemes must provide opportunities to needy people instead of providing freebies to them,” he added.

First Published: Sep 18, 2014 01:10 IST