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Financially empowered women bulwark against societal evils: PM Modi

Press Trust of India/New Delhi 12 Jul 18 | 12:36 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Financially empowered women are a "bulwark against societal evils", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said while interacting with more than 10 million women associated with various self-help groups across the country.

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"For women empowerment financial independence is necessary. Women are enterprising, they don't need to be taught, only need to be given opportunities to perform," he said during the interaction through the Narendra Modi Mobile App.

Underlining the importance of women empowerment especially in rural areas for overall development of the society, Modi said women in the country have huge potential in them and need to realise their capabilities.

"Financial independence makes a woman assertive and empowered. Financially empowered women are a bulwark against societal evils," he said.

The prime minister appreciated the role of women self help groups in development of rural areas.

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Since 2014 the government has created 2 million self-help groups on priority, and over 22.5 million families have been brought into their fold, he said.

"So far 4.5 million women self help groups have been created with 50 million active women participants... in fact these groups have added one more earning member in these 50 million families in rural areas," he said.

Modi also noted that agriculture and animal husbandry sectors, which are vital for rural economy cannot run without the participation of women.

During the interaction, women also shared their inspiring and touching stories and how the self-help groups have helped them improve their lives.

Modi said women self help groups are laying the foundation of financial prosperity in rural areas and added that women in the country have potential to transform the society.

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