Indira put India on the world map: Khader

Indira put India on the world map: Khader

Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader said that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was instrumental in bringing revolutionary changes in the lives of poor and downtrodden.

Speaking at the valedictory ceremony of the birth centenary celebrations of Indira Gandhi by district Womens' Congress, Khader said she was a leader of the masses and also the most famous woman leader in the world. "She was open to all sorts of criticism. The present prime minister is hesitant to accept criticisms unlike her. People who speak against the prime minister are punished," he said.

Khader added that instead of retorting to the criticism, the prime minister should revert by offering pro-poor and people-friendly programmes.

"The state government is offering seven kilograms of rice to a family every month which is not done in any of the BJP-led state governments like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh," he said.

The BJP claims that the fund used for 'Anna Bhagya' is allotted by the central government. He questioned why BJP-led states don't want to initiate such a programme. It is high time for the BJP leaders to clarify the doubt.

He said the government is also planning to offer milk to the poor families
The district in-charge minister Pramod Madhwaraj inaugurated the programme.

He said that the former Prime Minister was responsible for the position the country holds in the world today. She sacrificed her blood for the land. She loved all living beings and also brought in rules to protect not only human rights, but also the environment, he added.