At the Haryana Swarna Jayanti Utsav inauguration on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again touched on the subject of female infanticide and open defecation and urged people to rid the state of these social problems. “I was always bothered that in a cultured state like this, a capable state like this, which always accepts new things, why is it that daughters are killed in the mother’s womb itself?” said Modi, chief guest of the event. “For Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, I begged the people of Haryana to protect the lives of daughters. Today, I can say with satisfaction that the people of Haryana have respected this sentiment. Today, in the entire country, if anyone is bringing improvement in the gender ratio at a fast pace, it is Haryana.”
“In this Swarna Jayanti, every Haryanvi should take a resolution that no effort will be spared in the matter of saving the girl child,” he added.
Modi went further and spoke of how open defecation affected women.
“Even today, our mothers and daughters in villages have to defecate in the open, what is more shameful than that? Out of embarrassment, they either go defecate before the sun rises or wait until after it sets, regardless of how uncomfortable they are. They are not able to go anywhere all day long, what could be a greater injustice than that?” he said, adding, “We should resolve to ensure that no one in our villages has to go in the open to defecate.”
The prime minister also spoke of the need to ensure peace and resolve to be united and spread the feeling of brotherhood. The state in the last one year was hit by the Jat quota stir and gau raksha controversy.
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He expressed faith in the ability of the state to serve as a “growth engine” for the progress of the country.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar reiterated this point in his speech. “We have done a lot in the last 50 years, but now we have to decide what we want the next fifty years to be like.I request you all to forget all your small differences, promote unity in the state, and move forward with the motto of Haryana Ek Haryanvi Ek,” he said.
At the event, Modi also launched three new schemes for the state, declared seven rural districts Open Defecation Free (ODF), and eight districts “Kerosene Free”.
The new schemes launched were Kerosene Free Haryana, Automation of Fair Price Shops, which provides for Point of Sale (POS) device at every fair price shop to ensure Aadhar based biometric identification of online transactions of grains and other commodities, and the Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojana.
At the event, Prime Minister Modi also honoured Rio Paralympics Silver Medalist Deepa Malik by handing her a cash award of Rs 4 crore.
The function was attended by over 30,000 people, many of who came in buses and vans from places as far as Jhajjar and Karnal. Most, however, left the venue after the Prime Minister’s speech.