Benefits of economic growth should reach every segment of society: President Patil

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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Aug 13 (ANI): President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Friday said the benefits of India's economic growth should reach every segment of society to build a more equitable and sustainable society.

After inaugurating a Lotus shaped 'Parnasala' (education hall) built in memory of the founder Guru of Santhigiri in Pallipuram, President Patil said: "Our endeavour, therefore, should be that the benefits of economic growth of our country should reach every segment of society. No one should be left behind, and everyone should have a life of dignity."

"Women have great potential to bring about change in society. They need to be given access to education, health and skill building- the tools of empowerment. By spreading education amongst them, not only is an individual educated, but rather the seeds of progress for the next generation are planted," she added, giving emphasis on the need of educating women as a tool to bring change in the society.

Underlining the work being done by the ashram to improve socio-economic condition of the people, President Patil said to improve the economic status, the route of cooperatives and self help groups supported by credit, production and marketing support have been useful.

"I am glad to know that Santhigiri Ashram has undertaken projects which give women an opportunity to build their capacities, develop skills and also work in cottage industry units," she added.

Kerala Governor R S Gavai and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor attended the event along with a host of other dignitaries. (ANI)

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