PM Modi inaugurates Dr BR Ambedkar International Centre

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Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that the Centre would play a key role in the dissemination of Dr Ambedkar's teachings and vision. He had laid the foundation stone of the centre in 2015.

Baba Saheb Ambedkar's contribution to nation building, saying attempts to undermine his role were unsuccessful.

According to an official release, the Dr Ambedkar International Centre is a fusion of Buddhist and present day architecture which includes seminar as well as conference halls. Mr Modi said it will provide information to people especially youth about Babasaheb. Inaugurating the Centre in the thick of Gujarat elections, PM Modi would hope that it would attract the attention of scheduled castes in his home state before they go out to vote-besides the saffron leader has an eye on the social bloc nationwide.

Modi further said that the Central government was developing places related to Ambedkar's life as pilgrimage sites.

The prime minister also unveiled the statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar in the lawns and another statue of Dr Ambedkar in the atrium of the Centre in Janpath.

He said the Congress had planned the centre in 1992 but it was only now during the BJP's tenure that work was completed. The house on King Henry Road in London, where Ambedkar lived as a student in the London School of Economics, has already been acquired and is being developed into a memorial and research centre.

"We had said that in one year we will build toilets for girls in all government schools, we have already constructed over 4 lakh such facilities". The Prime Minister also mentioned the Stand-Up India scheme for generating self employment.