New Delhi, April 8: Highlighting importance of women’s contribution in nation building, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi said that the Gujarat model of development was a success because of empowerment of women.
Modi was addressing a gathering of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) in New Delhi on Monday.
Citing success stories of women entrepreneurship in Gujarat, he said that the global acclaim that Amul enjoys is in part due to the ground-level work that women do to make the brand a success. Giving example of most popular Jasuben ke Pizza's that has captured a big market in Gujarat, Modi said an educated individual in Gujarat will also prefer 'Jasuben ke Pizza over Pizza Hut." 'Lijjat Papad' is a creation of a group of uneducated women. This is a model of entrepreneurship, he added.
He also criticised Governor Kamla Beniwal for not signing a legislation reserving 50 per cent of all seats in local bodies to women. Modi said the Gujarat assembly had passed a legislation reserving 50 per cent of all seats for women in panchayat, nagar panchayat, nagar palika, mahanagar palika and zila panchayat.
"But we could not implement it because our governor has withheld her signature," he said. "It is our misfortune that the bill is stuck although we have a woman governor."
Citing Gujarat government's policy to give earthquake victims houses in the name of the woman of family, Modi said that a woman's financial independence will ensure say in household decision making.
"In Gujarat's schools, we ask for the mother's name for a child's admission, not the father's," Modi said.
Modi also expressed concern over decreasing sex ratio. "Sometimes I feel our situation has become worse than that in the 18th century. In the 21st century, girls are being killed in the womb. Both men and women are equally responsible for that," he said.
Earlier, FICCI president Naina Lal Kidwani thanked Narendra Modi and congratulated him on turning around the fortunes of Gujarat. "Gujarat is a gateway to the globe from India," she said.