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New Delhi : PM Narendra Modi on October 5, 2017, addressed a gathering at an event oraganised to mark the inauguration of Umiya Dham Ashram at Haridwar via video conferencing . The Prime Minister said that spiritual institutions in India have been centres for the spread of social reform. He described tourism as an ancient concept in India and a spiritual tradition.

The PM said the Ashram inaugurated today would benefit the pilgrims coming to Haridwar. He said the idea of a Yatra existed as an integral part of our culture. Through a Yatra, we get acquainted with various parts of the country that we may have never seen otherwise, he said, according to a PIB release.

The Prime Minister said that the work being done by devotees of Ma Umiya has touched the lives of several people. They have spread awareness on gender equality. He specially thanked the women of Mehsana district, who have furthered the message of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.” The Prime Minister appealed to all devotees of Ma Umiya to become Swachhagrahis and add strength to the Swachh Bharat Mission, according to the PIB release.

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