Villagers of Khuda Jassu and Daria listened to the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in rapt attention as he launched the “Gram Uday Se Surya Uday” scheme, which was telecast on the projector screens.
The Prime Minister, while addressing the gathering at Panchayati Raj Sammelan, Jharkhand, spoke on upliftment and opportunities for the rural population. The programme is being undertaken by the government to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar.
“The current government is mindful towards the rural sections and is working towards its upliftment. The past two years have seen a lot of progress where parents have started sending their girls to schools. Another positive step was the inclusion of rural development parameters in the budget allocation,” said Jagdish Singh, a religious worker at Khuda Jassu village.
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Speaking about the emphasis laid on women empowerment, Paramjit Kaur, the village sarpanch, said, “The Prime Minister has constantly encouraged women to participate in the political functioning of the village.”
“Today, we were instructed to get maximum participation from women and almost all ladies from the village are present here. The village adheres to the government rule of having 40 per cent women in the Panchayat. This has infact helped them gain status and respect,” Kaur added.
The programme ended with a discussion amongst the Panchayat and the villagers where the latter were informed about participation of the girl child in government schools, reservation of more seats in the Panchayat for women and construction of toilets.
At the Daria village , the programme was organised by the Chandigarh administration. Apart from the villagers, the officials of the administration were also present.