President Droupadi Murmu arrived today in Ahmedabad for her first visit to the state after becoming the head of the state. She will begin the two-day visit by visiting Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.
A statement from the Rashtrapati Bhawan said that “Later in the day, she will inaugurate/lay the foundation stone for various projects related to health, irrigation, water supply and port development at GMERS, Gandhinagar”.
President Murmu will attend a civic reception in Gandhinagar organized by the government of Gujarat on Monday evening.
On October 4, she will launch ‘herSTART’, a start-up platform of Gujarat University for women entrepreneurs, and lay the foundation stone for projects, worth Rs 1,330 crore at a function in Gandhinagar.
herSTART is one of Gujarat University Startup and Entrepreneurship Council’s (GUSEC) flagship programmes. Established to empower innovative ideas by women, it seeks to hand-hold entrepreneurs during their entrepreneurial endeavors.
The programme is open to all women who have innovative ideas, prototypes, or existing business ventures and want to take their efforts to the next stage.
President Droupadi Murmu spun Mahatma Gandhi’s Charkha at the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. The President also paid tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, on his 153rd birth anniversary at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati. Notably, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel were also present.
The president said, “On the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens living in India and abroad.” Maa Durga is Shakti Swarupa, and this festival is an opportunity to show respect for women’s power. She added that a society where women’s empowerment is encouraged at every level, in a true sense, can be considered to be a modern, developed and just society.
“I wish the spirit of unity and fraternity were strengthened in our society through the festival of Durga Puja. “Let us build a society where women are respected more and more and they are able to contribute equally in the process of nation-building,” President Murmu said.