New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the G-7 Session on food security and gender equality categorically emphasised that India’s approach had transitioned from ‘women’s development’ to ‘women-led development.
“….Indian women are fully involved in real decision-making today,” he said.
“If all the elected leaders in India from local government to the national government are counted, more than half of them are women, and the total number will be in millions,” the Prime Minister said.
He also said India has an immense agricultural workforce compared to the countries of the G7.
“Indian agricultural skills have helped give new life to traditional agricultural products like cheese and olive in some of the countries of the G7. Can the G-7 create a structured system for the widespread use of Indian agricultural talent in its member countries?,” he asked.
The Prime Minister maintained that with the help of the traditional talent of India’s farmers, food security would be “ensured to G7 countries”.
“Next year, the world is celebrating the International Year of Millets. On occasion, we should run a campaign to promote a nutritious alternative like millets. Millets can make a valuable contribution to ensuring food security in the world,” Mr Modi said.
“Finally, I would like to draw the attention of all of you to the ‘natural farming’ revolution taking place in India. Your experts can study this experiment,” he said.
On the sidelines of G-7 Summit, Prime Minister Modi held a series of crucial bilateral meetings with the leaders of countries such as Indonesia, Canada and France, among others.
“President EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen and I had an outstanding meeting earlier today. We discussed ways to deepen investment linkages, efforts to combat climate change, boosting digital cooperation and other important issues,” Modi tweeted.
He also met German chancellor Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz. Both the leaders discussed matters pertaining to taking forward the India-Germany Green and Sustainable Development Partnership. They also discussed ways for greater coordination in international bodies.