On the occasion of International Women’s Day on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Nutrition Mission, and expansion of the coverage of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu region.
Modi interacted with beneficiary mothers and girl children of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme and talked to District Magistrates of aspirational districts.
He awarded certificates to the best performing districts under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme.
At the programme in Jhunjhunu today, we also marked the expansion of the #BetiBachaoBetiPadhao movement to 640 districts across India. This will give wings to the aspirations of lakhs of young girls. We are fully aware of how girls are distinguishing themselves in various fields. pic.twitter.com/O4SeDnOnUQ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 8, 2018
Speaking on the occasion, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said she was happy that the Prime Minister chose Rajasthan for the launch of a vital scheme and the expansion of another.
The State would always support the efforts of the Prime Minister towards women empowerment, she added.
Addressing the large gathering, Modi said through the power of technology, the entire nation is connected with Jhunjhunu.
Appreciating Jhunjhunu district for furthering the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao movement, the Prime Minister said there was no question of discrimination based on gender.
He stressed on the importance of girls getting access to quality education, just like boys.
Emphasising that a daughter is not a burden, he said: “Girls are bringing pride and glory for our nation, and excelling in several fields”.
While speaking on the importance of providing proper nutrition to children, he said Mission Indradhanush has brought an extremely positive change in the lives of women and children.
Launched by the Prime Minister on 15 January, 2015, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao aims to prevent gender bias sex-selective elimination, survival and protection of the girl child, ensuring education and participation of the girl child, mentions its official website.