Narendra Modi puts emphasis on Nari Shakti in two terms
New Delhi: A book released to mark PM Narendra Modi government's nine years in office has mentioned that since coming to power in 2014 the administration has put Nari Shakti at the forefront of India’s development journey.
The book is titled “9 Years: Seva, Sushasan, Garib Kalyan”.
According to the book, PM Modi-led government has understood and emphasized that empowerment is not a one-stop solution; instead, it requires a lifecycle-based approach towards women empowerment, ANI reported.
In this regard, welfare programmes for women are designed in a manner to support them at different stages of life to overcome socioeconomic barriers to their empowerment, it said.
“For the first time in India, 1,020 women per 1,000 men (NFHS-5) ratio was achieved, more than 3.03 crore women have been paid under PM Matru Vandana Yojana, 3.18 crore Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana accounts were opened and Over 27 crore MUDRA loans were given to women beneficiaries”, the book stated as quoted by ANI.
The book further added that the government launched Mission Poshan, an integrated nutrition support programme to address the challenges of malnutrition in children, adolescent girls, pregnant women, and lactating mothers through a strategic shift in nutrition content and delivery and by the creation of a convergent ecosystem to develop and promote practices that nurture health, wellness, and immunity.
“68.9 per cent of nearly 2.5 crore PM Awas-Gramin beneficiaries are women”, it said.
Further, the book said that over 27 crore sanitary pads ensured at Re. 1 were distributed through Jan Aushadhi Kendras and 3.94 crore free antenatal check-ups was conducted under PM Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan.
It emphasized that paid maternity leave was increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks, the sex ratio was increased from 991 in NFHS-4 to 1020 in NFHS-5 and Maternal Mortality Rate declined to 97 in 2018-20, during PM Modi’s governance.
“For the Modi government providing women with a life of dignity is a fundamental promise of governance. This promise manifests itself in the increased usage of LPG cylinders under the Ujjwala Yojana which has saved crores of women from chronic respiratory disorders through smoke-free kitchens. With the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, crores of women are now able to access toilets in their homes without any fear of safety or violation of dignity”, the book read.