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New pro-poor scheme launched in Indian state of Gujarat

Sep 18, 2014

This scheme, ‘Swavalamban Abhiyan’, will benefit and empower the women in Gujarat, said the Indian Prime Minister during the launch.

New Delhi: The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today launched ‘Swavalamban Abhiyan’ - a set of 11 new pro-poor initiatives of the Gujarat Government in Gandhinagar.

Addressing a large gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that 17th September is observed as  Vishwakarma Day across the country, and Vishwakarma is revered by all shram-yogis (people who live through hard work). Congratulating the state government, he said it is significant that the state government has chosen this day to launch ‘Swavalamban’ initiatives.

The Prime Minister said three things are important for the shram-yogi: self reliance (swavalamban), self independence (swashray) and self-dignity (swabhimaan). He said no "shram yogi" likes to be  dependent. Gujarat Government has launched these pro-poor initiatives for the  benefit of shram yogis, especially women and youth, so that they are empowered to fight poverty, he added. This is in keeping with the spirit of "Shrameva Jayate," he said.

The Prime Minister said that women in Gujarat are at the forefront of animal husbandry and milk production, and they will be benefited and empowered through this scheme. He also said ITIs in the state are focusing on soft skill development, so that the students can communicate their skills and abilities.

The Prime Minister said the neo-middle class will also receive protection through the Swavalamban initiative of Ma-Vatsalya Yojana.

Speaking on the occasion, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel termed the set of welfare schemes launched for poor on the birthday of the Prime Minister as an uniqaue and historical gift for the poor and deprived people of the state.

Patel said the schemes are showing the determination of Modi to provide an opportunity to the poor to join the main stream of developed section of the society. So far, the poor welfare schemes were centered around the families living below the poverty line. But the new set of schemes are covering all sections, including empowering the women, education and employment for youths.

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