Under this scheme, poor families are gifted dairy cows and the first female calf born of the cow is gifted to the neighbor, thus promoting brotherhood and solidarity in the community. It is a social protection scheme run by the Rwandan Government. The word Girinka can be translated as ‘may you have a cow’. It describes a centuries-old cultural practice in the country under which a cow was given by one person to another, as a sign of respect and gratitude. Prime Minister appreciated the Girinka Programme. He said people in India too would be pleasantly surprised to see the cow being given such importance as a means of economic empowerment in villages, in faraway Rwanda.
Prime Minister also interacted with villagers there. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister appreciated the Girinka Programme, and President Paul Kagame’s initiative in this regard. Prime Minister also suggested that India can help the Rwandan government in honey bee-keeping process under the Grinka scheme.
On the first leg of three-nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda. Kigali memorial set up in memory of the victims of the 1994 genocide.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also interacted with the Indian community in Rwanda. Prime Minister praised the Indian community for their contribution in development of Rwanda and for their community service.
PM said that, the Indian diaspora is making a mark all over the world. PM said that govt has taken various reform measures, which is leading to a transparent system in India.
Prime Minister also said that India is among the fastest growing economy in the world. PM also invited members of Indian community to visit Kashi on the occasion of Pravasi Bharati Divas in India.
Members of the Indian community thanked PM Modi for his steps to solve their problems including a decision to open High Commission in Rwanda.