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Economic empowerment, self-reliance and social equality are keys to Nari Shakti: PM Modi
On the occasion of International Women's Day, March 8, saluting the indomitable spirit, determination & dedication of Nari Shakti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "GOI's various initiatives seek to facilitate economic empowerment, self-reliance & social equality as far as Nari Shakti is concerned. Looking forward to addressing a conclave of women Sarpanchs & honouring trailblazers who have worked towards a Swachh Bharat."

Later addressing "Swachh Shakti 2017 – A Convention of Women Sarpanches" at Gandhinagar in Gujarat, he stated that cleanliness is even more important than political freedom while remembering Gandhi ji urging people to maintain the momentum which has been generated towards cleanliness.

He was of the view those who have been honoured at the conclave had shattered many myths and had shown how a positive change has begun in rural India. Modi also talked about the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' initiative and urged the gathered women Sarpanches to play a key role in the drive to end female foeticide.

He stresses that both boys and girls should get equal access to education and gender discriminatory mindset should not be accepted. He also said that modern technology could bring about a phenomenal change to our villages.

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