Raakhi “gift” for women from PM

PM_Narendra_Modi_360_StoryPrime Minister Narendra Modi focused on women in the ninth edition of his radio programme Mann ki Baat.Looking ahead at the coming Raksha Bandhan festival, he asked the people to do something special for women. “Ahead of Raksha Bandhan, I urge you, please enroll the sisters who work for you, at your homes and in your fields, for the Rs. 12 and Rs. 330 social security programmes,” he said.

The Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana offers renewable one year life cover of Rs. 2 lakh for a premium of Rs. 330. The accident insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, provides coverage of Rs. 2 lakh for a premium of Rs. 12 per annum. The two are among the government’s flagship social welfare programmes introduces last month.

Referring to an initiative started by a village sarpanch in Haryana, the Prime Minister also asked people to post selfies of themselves with their daughters on microblogging site Twitter under #SelfieWithDaughter.

In this context, he also mentioned the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative, asking people to post interesting tag lines. The most interesting tag line, he said, will be announced in a future edition of Mann ki Baat.

Haryana has the dubious distinction of being one of the states where female foeticide is rampant. It has the worst sex ratio (number of females per 1,000 males) and child sex ratio in the country. In January, the Prime Minister had launched his Beti Bachao Beti Padao (Save the Girl Child, Educate Her) in the state.

In the 22-minute address, the Prime Minister also said the people have demonstrated that there is a will to work.

Medaram Jathara

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