PM Modi meets Nari Shakti awardees, lauds their courage

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Nari Shakti Puraskar winners in the capital yesterday. 15 women achievers from various parts of the country including Leh, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh shared their trials, struggles and how they achieved their goals with the Prime Minister.

The achievers include 103-Year-old Mann Kaur, who started athletics at the age of 93 and went on to win 4 gold medals in field and track events at World Masters Athletic Championship, Poland.

Arifa Jan from Jammu & Kashmir who is the founder of Numdha Handicrafts is responsible for reviving the lost art of Numdha handicrafts. She shared her experience in training more than 100 women in Kashmir and reviving the dying handicraft.

Indian Air Force’s first women fighter pilots – Mohana Singh, Bhawana Kanth & Avani Chaturvedi also shared their experiences. The trio was inducted into IAF fighter squadron after the Government of India decided to open fighter stream in IAF for women on experimental basis. They became the first Indian women pilots to take a solo flight in a MIG 21 in 2018.

Padala Bhudevi, a tribal woman farmer and rural entrepreneur from Andhra Pradesh, and Bina Devi from Munger Bihar who is fondly known as ‘Mushroom Mahila’ for popularizing mushroom cultivation also shared their experiences in farming and marketing with PM Modi.

Kalavati Devi, a lady mason from Kanpur district in Uttar Pradesh is a driving force towards reducing open defecation in the district. She is responsible for building more than 4,000 toilets in villages in and around Kanpur. She shared her experience with the Prime Minister on how she has gone door to door to create awareness about the ills of open defecation and how she travelled for multiple hours to villages across Kanpur in her effort towards reducing open defecation.

Chami Murmu from Jharkhand, a passionate environmentalist who formed more than 2,800 groups with over 30,000 women has shared her experience in planting over 25 lakh trees on barren land.

98-year-old Kathyayani Amma from Kerala shared her experience of how she passed the IV standard equivalent exam under Kerala Literacy Mission’s Akasharalaksham Scheme in August 2018. She bagged the first rank and scored 98% marks.

Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister said that the Nari Shakti Award winners have made a great contribution in building the society and inspiring the nation. He noted that the country could not have achieved the open defecation free status without a significant contribution from women.

The Prime Minister also touched upon the issue of water conservation and highlighted that the Jal Jeevan Mission needs greater participation of women. Similarly, he said, malnutrition issue can also be resolved with greater women participation.

Modi congratulated the achievers and said that they are a source of inspiration and courage to the whole country.

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