Connecting with Rwanda on a poignant note, PM Modi gifts 200 cows providing financial and nutritional security


July 24, 2018

Transformation is the key to success! Ideally believing in this mantra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created a revolution in India. The transformation can be seen in various aspects and the changes are vitally evident to all.

Debuting in Rwanda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made exceptional dealing with the state strengthening ties. In another such mega event, PM Modi participated in an event on “Girinka” (one cow per family), a national social protection scheme initiated by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

‘Girinka’ is a social protection scheme of the Rwandan government personally overseen by President Kagame. Under the scheme, poorest families are gifted dairy cows by the government. The first female calf born to the cow is gifted to the neighbor, thus promoting brotherhood and solidarity.

Modi gifted 200 cows as India’s contribution to the ‘Girinka’ scheme of Rwanda. The cows to be gifted by India have been sourced from Rwanda. PM Modi also interacted with the beneficiaries of the Girinka scheme.

The Rwandan government claims the scheme has benefitted nearly 3.5 lakh families so far. Ministry of External Affairs’ Secretary (Economic Relations) T S Tirumurti, who worked on the specifics of the Rwanda visit, called this an “important element” of the PM’s programme. The word Girinka can be translated as “have a cow” and describes a centuries-old cultural practice in Rwanda, whereby a cow was gifted by one person to another, either as a sign of respect or as a marriage dowry.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda which honors over 250,000 victims of Rwanda’s mass killings in 1994. The memorial is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the genocide against the Tutsi the principal ethnic community in Rwanda. It includes three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the 1994 genocide.

There is also a children’s memorial and an exhibition on the history of genocidal violence around the world. The education center, gardens, and Genocide Archive of Rwanda contribute to a meaningful tribute to those who perished and provide a powerful educational experience for visitors, according to the memorial’s website.

Source : News Bharti



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