On Sunday, PM Narendra Modi requested women panchayat leaders to construct toilets in every home so that women don’t have to defecate in the open. He addressed 258,000 Gram Sabha’s of the country through Radio and Doordarshan.
At the event of ‘Gramoday Se Bharat Uday’ campaign and Panchayati Raj Diwas in Jamshedpur, Modi said,
“There are 30,00,000 lakh panchayat representatives in the country and 40 percent are women. I appeal to women panchayat representatives to take initiatives to end open defecation and ensure that not a single woman of their village goes to open fields for defecation.”
He appealed women representatives to thoroughly supervise mid-day meals at schools so that children don’t remain malnourished. He also requested them to ensure awareness in hospitals for the safety of pregnant women. He promised to give five crore families cooking gas cylinders so women don’t inhale the smoke of burning wood whilst cooking.
Modi has taken initiative to shift the launch of celebrations of government schemes from Delhi to other parts of the country.
“My government has tried to break the myth. Delhi is not the country, the country is big.”
The Panchayati Raj Diwas which has been celebrated in Delhi year after year will this time be celebrated in Jamshedpur.
“We launched the ‘Gramoday Se Bharat Uday’ programme on the 125th anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar in Madhya Pradesh on April 14. We launched the ‘Beti bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme in Haryana where the sex ratio is poor.”
Modi aims to fill the void between rural and urban areas by providing better roads, electricity and such facilities in villages. He believes that the country’s prosperity lies in its villages.