Addressing a National Conference of Women Sarpanches in Gandhinagar today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “2019 we will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He always said India lives in the villages. Today we are honouring Sarpanchs who have contributed immensely to the movement towards a clean India.”
Further in his speech, PM Modi stated that Gandhiji also said cleanliness is more important than political freedom. You can imagine the commitment he had towards cleanliness, he added further. The prime minister who is addressing near about 8,000 women sarpanches from across the country, including 6,000 from Gujarat on the occasion of International Women’s Day also spoke about women empowerment and how Indian women have brought about a positive change in the society. “The women we are honouring today have broken so many myths. They have shown how a positive change has begun in rural India.” I can see the determination to make a positive difference when I meet these women Sarpanchs, he said praising them for bringing a qualitative change in the society.
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Further commenting upon the Sangli female foeticide issue, PM Modi said, “Female foeticide cant be allowed to take place. Villages with women Sarpanchs can play key role and show the way in ending female foeticide.” Boys and girls, both must get equal access to education, he added.
Earlier today, PM Modi visited Somnath Temple were Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel was appointed as the chairman of the temple trust for one year. PM Modi who is also a trustee of the temple, preformed puja here and then attended the meeting of temple trustees along with BJP president Amit Shah. PM Modi spent about 20 minutes more than the scheduled time for the meeting and discussed various issues related to development of the place of pilgrimage.