Mann ki Baat: PM Modi hails 'Women Empowerment', remembers astronaut Kalpana Chawla

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Davos. Credit Reuters

We have honoured those who may not be seen in big cities but have done transformative work for society.

Addressing the nation in his monthly radio address "Mann Ki Baat", the Prime Minister said that "women power has contributed a lot in the positive transformation being witnessed in our country and society".

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The prime minister also highlighted the works of some of this year's winners, whose names were announced on the eve of Republic Day, and said they should be invited to schools and colleges so that they could share their experiences and inspire others.

Society should also go beyond these awards and make efforts to recognise people working selflessly, he said. This will be PM Narendra Modi's first Mann Ki Baat after the year commenced.

"The 1 of February is the death anniversary of astronaut Kalpana Chawla".

She gave the message that there is no limit to woman power, he said, adding that in India were moving forward in every field and making the country proud.

Lauding Sitavaa Jodatti from Karnataka and Kerala's Lakshmikutti, Modi said there were many gifted women and men who remain faceless and failure to recognize them would be a loss to the society.

Three women Bhavna Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi have become fighter pilots and are undergoing training on Sukhoi- 30.

Few days ago, the Honourable President of India met women achievers, who distinguished themselves in various fields.

-Women are advancing in many fields, emerging as leaders.

He also lauded the all-women bikers of the BSF who displayed their skills at the Republic Day parade.

PMModi highlighted woman e-rickshaw drivers working in a naxalite-hit district of, saying they were helping transform the troubled region.

He also referred to Matunga railway station - India's first all-women station on Central Railway (CR), manned by a staff of 41 women.

It will be streamed on the YouTube channels of the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and DD News. In order to uproot social ills in Bihar, world's longest human chain spanning over 13,000 kilometers was formed.

PM in his address said, though Kalpana is no more, she has set an example in front of the females of our nation.

PM Modi elaborated on the benefits of Jan Aushadhi Yojana which has helped old citizens as the medicines available at the Jan Aushadhi Kendra are cheaper and WHO-compliant.

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