Kolkata: Invoking Goddess Durga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reaffirmed his authorities’s irrevocable dedication to ladies’s empowerment.
Reaching out to the folks of West Bengal in the course of the state’s largest competition, the prime minister stated although it was being celebrated on a restricted scale because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “enthusiasm is still unlimited”.
Noting that Goddess Durga was worshipped as an emblem of ‘Shakti’ (power), Modi stated his authorities was persistently working for the empowerment of ladies.
“From opening Jan Dhan accounts for 22 crore women, giving soft loans to them under the Mudra Yojana, to launching Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao initiative, granting permanent commission to women in the armed forces and extending maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks, we have taken a number of steps for their empowerment,” he instructed a gathering at Durga Puja celebration organised by the BJP.
He additionally stated anti-rape legal guidelines had been made extra stringent to incorporate loss of life penalty.
“We are alert towards the security of women,” he stated.
The prime minister’s comment got here within the backdrop of a string of incidents of rape and homicide of ladies, together with the Hathras incident that shocked the nation and triggered outrage towards the BJP authorities in Uttar Pradesh.
The prime minister recalled the contributions of reformers from Bengal like Ram Mohun Roy and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, religious leaders Ramkrishna Paramhans and Swami Vivekananda, cultural big Rabindranath Tagore, and revolutionaries like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Syama Prasad Mookerjee and Khudiram Bose in shaping India’s nationwide identification.
Durga Puja, he stated, was the epitome of pluralism and mirrored the collective power of India.
The BJP had made elaborate preparations for reside viewing of the prime minister’s digital deal with from the nationwide capital.
The occasion was televised reside at over 78,000 polling cubicles throughout the state’s 294 meeting constituencies.
Meeting polls are doubtless in West Bengal round April-Could subsequent 12 months.
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