On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the occasion of the country’s 74th Independence Day. The PM spoke on a variety of topics in a speech that lasted for more than an hour.
PM Modi speaks on women empowerment
Some of the topics included the announcement of a committee that would look into the minimum age of marriage for women, role of women in armed forces, recruitment to NCC, and the government’s efforts to make sanitary napkins available at Rs.1.
Mr. Modi said that the government has started giving away sanitary napkins at Rs. 1 to empower women and also to keep their health in check. He further added: “In 6,000 Jan Aushadi Kendras, more than five crore sanitary napkins have been provided to women in a short period of time.”
Considered as a topic of taboo in the society, PM Modi was lauded for speaking about sanitary napkins in his I-Day speech. With this, many feel that Modiji made a strong statement.
Twitter hails PM Modi
While the topics of optical cable network did not go down well with the netizens, Modiji’s statements about sanitary napkins won the hearts of many users. Many started applauding the Prime Minister on the platform. Here are a few tweets in this regard:
The reason why we started our project The Red Woman was to end period poverty in India @rcpunemideast. And today, PM Narendra Modi @narendramodi declared sanitary napkins for women at just Rs.1. Thank you sir🙇🏻♀️🤩 #hugerespect #shebleedsyetshelead #theredwoman pic.twitter.com/fxCXHPligt
— Soniya Kumbhojkar (@sonakumbhojkar) August 15, 2020
From Government's Jan Aushadhi Outlet approx 5 crore #sanitarynapkins were sold just at #Ruppee1 to poor section of Women in Rural areas …PM @narendramodi
Said making menstrual hygiene mainstream.I haven't heard this before from any Prime Minister .👍@PMOIndia @smritiirani
— Tanya Tejasvi (@tejasvi_tanya) August 15, 2020
#PMNarendraModi spoke of #sanitarynapkins in independence day speach. OMG this is the first time any PM did so! I salute u sir. By giving toilets and talking of women's personnel issues he protects the dignity of a women rather than telling them to cover up from preying eyes.🙏🙏
— Children's Theater By Annu Mehta (@children_by) August 15, 2020
The PM today spoke about #sanitarynapkins in his #IndependenceDayIndia speech.
@CharuPragya distributing and creative awareness since long.
Great work Di. https://t.co/lUoXT0e65N pic.twitter.com/uJFPqSmW9j
— Dharmendra Chhonkar (@yoursdharm) August 15, 2020
PM's remark on #sanitarynapkins is a milestone and also a reminder that India is steadily progressing one step at a time towards becoming a modern nation with equal opportunities for all!#NarendraModi #PMonSanitaryPads
— Neha Madaan (@iNehMad) August 15, 2020
PM breaks taboo by talking abt d #sanitarynapkins frm #RedFort was really appreciable.🙏
"The govt has provided over 5crore #sanitarypads 4 poor women at Rs1 each thrgh 6,000 Jan Aushadhi stores," was elaborating d efforts of govt 2wards empowering d women of d country.
— MoNika (@monikasingh1206) August 15, 2020
What was special about PM Modi speech was his blunt voice for #SanitaryNapkins. This is a clear cut way how leaders can make a paradigm shift to break the taboos, framing ethos and which, in turn, can bring massive societal change on the issue of menstrual health of womens.
— Akhilesh Dhar (@akhileshdhar1) August 15, 2020
PM @narendramodi talking about #SanitaryNapkins from the red fort on #IndependenceDay2020 is an example of how leaders can use the national forum to break the taboos, set new norms & bring about an attitudinal shift in how the society perceives periods, pads and menstrual health!
— Ananya Awasthi (@AnanyaAvasthi) August 15, 2020
Heartwarming to hear #ModiJi speaking about the need & relevance of #SanitaryNapkins from the #RedFort. The first Indian PM to do so. If also, he could be the first PM to abolish the 12% tax levied on sanitary napkins. #RedFort #ModiHaiTohMumkinHai #Padman #SwachhBharat
— Gaurav Bahl (@textpecting) August 15, 2020
Source: Free Press Journal