Modi, who is on his maiden visit to his home state after taking charge at the Centre, said that that the schemes designed by the previous governments for uplift of poor will only make them more dependent. He also stressed on the need to frame policies which will ensure dignity with self-sufficiency to the needy. A person breaks down completely when he becomes dependent on others. In such a situation, he would think of dying instead of living such life. There is no better thing than bringing such persons out from that miserable situation, Modi said during a function at Mahatma Mandir here.
The Prime Minister rued the current schemes and ongoing programmes in the country and said these would only make the poor under-confident and dependent on the government. Due to our bad luck, the schemes and programmes that run in our country are such that they make poor people dependent on government instead of making them self-dependent and self-confident. If government programmes stop, the poor will die of hunger, Modi said. God has given us hands, intelligence, education and in the same way he has given all those things to people of backward strata of the society. What they do not have is opportunity. They need to be given the opportunity and the chance to be self-reliant along with self respect. Self respect of this country depends on self-respect of each of the 125 crore people of India, he said.
The new schemes that Modi announced today were promised in this year's budget of the state government. Maintaining that women have been the driving force behind the success of dairy industry in Gujarat, Modi said, Gujarat is having a leading place in dairy sector. It is the hard work of women which made it possible. These women are the real entrepreneurs, who own 10, 20 to 25 cows.
Reminiscing his days as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the Prime Minister stressed the need to motivate women involved in providing milk to dairies through co-operative societies. 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. Because, men used to drink something else with that money. Since it stopped, I received blessings of lakhs of women, he said.
The Prime Minister also expressed his concern over grain conservation and stressed the need for godowns. Godowns are not enough against the quantity of grains produced in our country. Our farmers produce grains in large quantity, but because of lack of storage they get spoilt. We should encourage farmers to come together and build godowns in the villages itself as it will help the farmers to get agood price for their products, he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today turned 64 and kept with the tradition of meeting his mother to seek her blessings. Modi, who is celebrating his first birthday after becoming the Prime Minister, went to Gandhinagar, 23 km from Ahmedabad, alone without any security to meet his mother Hiraben. On the occasion, she donated Rs 5000 for the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.