On Saturday Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman appreciated and endorsed the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for introducing special women-centric schemes and suggesting women priority in several other government schemes.
Sitharaman also lauded PM Modi’s decision of introducing several women for ministerial positions during the recent Union Cabinet expansion. She said there are currently 11 women ministers in the Union Cabinet.
Addressing the UP’s Mission Shakti 3.0 programme, the Union Finance Minister recalled: “Before coming to Delhi as the Prime Minister in 2014, Modi Ji auctioned all gifts he had received as Gujarat CM and donated money for the education of girl children.”
“As a Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi Ji took several steps for empowering the women in the state. He took several women-centric decisions during his tenure as the CM of Gujarat,” she said.
“Whether it is Ujjwala scheme, Jan Dhan scheme or the MUDRA scheme, women are given priority in several schemes launched by the Centre,” Sitharam averred.
Mentioning the progress of the COVID vaccination drive, she said: “Even some developed countries do not have vaccines. They are looking for doses, but due to PM Modi’s efforts, we are producing six vaccines in India. We want to provide vaccines quickly to the country, especially the vulnerable population.”
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also attended the event.