Vadodara: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for development projects in Gujarat worth Rs 21,000 crores on Saturday.
He remarked that women’s empowerment and advancement are essential for India’s overall development in the twenty-first century while speaking at a rally after launching a nutritional programme for tribal women and multiple development initiatives. The Prime Minister also stated that his government has lifted all limitations, allowing women to pursue any career they desire.
“For India’s progress in the twenty-first century, rapid development and empowerment of women are required,” Modi stated during the ‘Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan‘ rally.
PM Modi highlighted the development initiatives undertaken by his government in the past eight years. “Our double-engine government has empowered women in the last eight years.” Their empowerment is imperative for India’s development. “Today, from the Army to mines, policies are being made keeping women’s welfare in mind,” the prime minister said.
Beneficiaries of various government schemes participated in the 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 the 357 km long New Palanpur-Madar Section of the Dedicated Freight Corridor; gauge conversion of the 166 km long Ahmedabad-Botad section; and electrification of the 81 km long Palanpur-Mitha Section, among others.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, a total of 1.38 lakh houses have been built, including houses worth around Rs 1,800 crore in urban areas and houses worth over Rs 1,530 crore in rural areas.
During the program, PM Modi dedicated and laid the foundation stone for various development projects worth over Rs 680 crore in Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, and Panchmahal.
He also laid the foundation stone of Gujarat Central University in Kundhela village of Dabhoi taluka of Gujarat. The university will be located about 20 km from Vadodara city. It will be built at a cost of around Rs 425 crores and will cater to the higher education needs of over 2,500 students, said the 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 charge 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.