Gujarat, March 09: The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has been honored the women sarpanches while recognizing their special contribution in Swachh Bharat flagship scheme at a special conclave, Swachh Shakti 2017, held in Gandhinagar to mark International Women's Day.
Addressing 6,000 women sarpanches who came from across the country, the Prime Minister stressed on cleanliness and the central role of women in creating a Swachh Bharat.
"The women we are honoring today have broken so many myths.They have shown how a positive change can begin in villages and I can see the determination to make positive difference on the ground when I see these women sarpanches. They have brought in qualitative change in their villages," Mr. Modi said.
"We have to work to make cleanliness a day-to-day habit for all, in cities and in villages. And if we maintain cleanliness, we will eliminate diseases that affect poor people the most," he said, exhorting women representatives to maintain the momentum of the Swachh Bharat drive in the country.
He also lauded women sarpanches for showing "greater commitment to social change than men in their works."
"Experience has shown us that women are more committed than men. So I would request you all to ensure that no female foeticide is committed in those villages where you are sarpanch."
Talking about bringing in social change, Mr Modi said his government had launched several programs and schemes to bring about change in cities and villages. "Rs. 2 lakh crore is going to the villages every year and that’s not a small amount. You all have to ensure that the money is spent properly and its benefits reach all."