The PM 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 the 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 PM on Wednesday also announced 11 new welfare schemes of the Gujarat government for the upliftment of youth, women and people under the below poverty line (BPL) category, along with various schemes of medical services for poor in Gandhinagar.
The new schemes announced were promised in this years state governments budget. Maintaining that women have been the driving force behind the success of the dairy industry in Gujarat, Modi said, Gujarat has a leading place in the 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 CM of Gujarat, Modi stressed on 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.
Modi also expressed his concern over grain conservation and stressed the need for godowns. Godowns are not enough against the quantity of grain produced in our country. Our farmers produce grain 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 a good price for their products, he added.
Modi turned 64 on Wednesday and kept with the tradition of meeting his mother to seek her blessings. Modi, who is celebrating his first birthday after becoming the PM, went to Gandhinagar, 23 km from Ahmedabad, alone without any security to meet his mother Hiraben. On the occasion, she donated R5,000 for the Prime Ministers Relief Fund for flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.