Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced programs to give rural women opportunities for skill development while praising the work done by women-led rural self-help groups (SHGs) in his Independence Day speech earlier this week.
Currently, 10 crore women participate in women's self-help organizations. If you visit a village, you will see women giving out medicines, working in Anganwadis, and working with banks. Now, my goal is to produce two crore Lakhpati Didis," Modi said in reference to the Lakhpati Didi initiative, which will teach two crore women in skills that will enable them to make at least Rs 1 lakh annually. Additionally, he revealed a scheme to teach 15,000 SHGs how to use drones for agricultural tasks.
mall, mostly rural women's self-help groups combine their resources and, with government support, offer financial services and credit access in their communities. The PM's emphasis on SHGs makes sense given that the BJP has recognized women as the next political game-changer in India. Since the country's independence day in 2022, Modi has regularly referred to the "nari shakti (women power)" of the nation and called women the BJP's "silent voters" in his major speeches.