The Prime Minister,
Shri Narendra Modi, today met and interacted with the recipients of the
Stree Shakti Puraskar and Nari Shakti Puraskar for the year 2014.
During the interaction, the Prime Minister congratulated the award
winners for their pioneering achievements, both in their individual
capacities, and as torchbearers in their respective fields as well.
The Prime Minister said that if India can grow at 8 per cent per annum
over the next three decades, it would be one of the world’s most
advanced countries. He said women should be suitably enabled so that
they can contribute to the maximum towards this goal.
The Prime Minister said that the Maternity Leave Bill, which was being
moved in the Lok Sabha today, would enhance paid maternity leave from 12
weeks to 26 weeks.
Smt. Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development, was
present on the occasion.