New Delhi: Pushing for unicorns in self-help groups for women, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (March 10), said India has moved from women development to women-led development in the last nine years. Addressing the post-budget webinar on women empowerment, Modi highlighted that enrolment of women in the fields of engineering, science, technology and maths in the country today was 42 per cent.
Can we make unicorns in self-help groups too, we have brought that vision in this year’s budget, he said.
This year's budget strengthens our efforts towards women-led development. My remarks at a post-budget webinar. https://t.co/XFIgdkdaSL
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 10, 2023
Unicorn companies are those that reach a valuation of USD 1 billion without being listed on the stock market.
The prime minister also said around 70 per cent beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) are women. It is a scheme launched by the Prime Minister on April 8, 2015, for providing loans up to 10 lakh to the non-corporate, non-farm small/micro enterprises. These loans are classified as MUDRA loans under PMMY, and are given by Commercial Banks, RRBs, Small Finance Banks, MFIs and NBFCs.
These women are not only increasing the earnings of their families but are also opening new economic avenues for the nation, he said.
PM Modi also linked a sense of respect towards women to their equality.
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