Underlining that financially empowered women are a "bulwark against societal evils", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government is committed to empower women of the country to be self-sufficient. Interacting with women associated with with various self-help groups across the country via video conferencing, PM Modi said women just need to be provided with ample opportunities.
"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.
Highlighting 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 5 crore active women participants. In fact these groups have added one more earning member in these five crore families in rural areas," PM Modi said.
Some of the selected beneficiaries are working on anti-alcohol movement, maize value chain and marketing from Bihar, brick making unit from Chhattisgarh, business correspondent Sakhi and tamarind value chain and marketing and one beneficiary from Jharkhand.
WATCH: What PM Modi said
10:50 am: There is no dearth of people who try to create hurdles in other's path but you all have faced those challenges bravely and I know that you'll continue writing new success stories, PM Modi tells women associated with Self Help Groups.
10:25 am: Women from Yavatmal, Maharashtra tell the PM how rearing goats has helped them change their lives. They are involved in manufacturing of soaps, paneer, manure etc.
10:20 am: PM Modi is interacting with women associated with Self Help Groups from Warangal, Telangana
10:16 am: Women from Rajasthan's Dungarpur interacting with PM Modi
10:12 am: As part of Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana, special focus is being accorded to skill development among youths. Young people are being trained to be self-reliant so that they can live according to their will, says PM Modi
10:01 am: Sudha Baghel from Barwani in Madhya Pradesh talks about how a Self Help Group has transformed her life. She is associated with the animal husbandry sector and is making bangles. Due to this, she is able to send her children to study and is also studying herself.
10:00 am: 122 Bihan Bazar outlets have been established in 22 districts of Chhattisgar. Over 200 products manufactured by Self Help Groups are being sold at these outlets, says PM Modi
09:54 am: Meena Manjhi and her team from Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon interacts with PM Narendra Modi. Meena Manjhi shares the story of how they are now earning good money in brick making industry.
09:50 am: Women associated with Self Help Groups from Pataliputra in Bihar are interacting with PM Modi. A woman shares how middlemen used dupe people earlier but now situation has changed due to the network of Self Help Groups.
09:48 am: Today you take any sector, you will see women working in large numbers. The country's agriculture sector and dairy sector can't be imagined without contribution of women: PM Modi during interaction with women associated with Self Help Groups.
09:45 am: Under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana, the government aims to provide stable job opportunities to people in nearly 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across the country, says PM Modi/
09:40 am: Self Help Groups are playing an important role in rural areas for farmers and small-time workers, says PM Modi.
09:35 am: Women can do wonders if provided an opportunity. They can transform a society, says PM Modi.
09:30 am: It is my privilege to interact with over 1 crore women of my country. You all have presented an example for the society to be self-sufficient, says PM Modi
The groups, which took part in the interaction, were under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) and Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs).
(With inputs from agencies)