SHILLONG, Sept 19 - Union Minister of State for External Affairs, MJ Akbar launched the Swachata Hi Seva movement here stating that the movement aims at fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi�s dream of a clean India.
The Union Minister launched the cleaning drive at Mawklot village under Mylliem Community and Rural Development Block, 10 km from here last evening.
�Swachhata Hi Seva campaign was launched by the Prime Minister of India with an aims of fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi�s dream of a clean India. The campaign also includes eliminating open defecation through the construction of household owned toilets,� Akbar said.
The Minister urged the citizens to carry forward the mission not just for themselves but also for the sake of future generation. Swachata Hi Seva was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 15 as a nationwide programme to ensure cleanliness across the country.
Emphasising on economic empowerment of women, Akbar said, women have become the central part of economic freedom in India. He said that the country needs to invest for women�s economic progress so that they get an opportunity to become the new builders of modern India.
Observing that investment in women is investment for the future, he said that various development initiatives have been taken up by Government of India in the last four years were targeted to uplift women and children.
He pointed out that women without personal toilets undergo psychological and physical torture, which needs to be put to an end. Moreover, Akbar said, 80 million people from the poorer sections of the society have LPG gas connections now, which have helped women.
Akbar also informed about the present Government initiatives towards women and said that out of the total Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) loans sanctioned so far which has benefitted 130 million Indians, 70 per cent of these beneficiaries are women.
MUDRA loan is a financial initiative to facilitate micro-units� growth and development by infusing sufficient funds.