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Odia woman praised by PM Narendra Modi in ‘Mann Ki Baat’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his recent edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, mentioned about a woman in Odisha – Jamunamani Singh and made people curious to know more about the woman who made her way into the PM’s radio show.

PM appreciated Jamunamani, an ASHA worker of Balasore district for her efforts to make her locality a malaria free area.

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“Jamunamani Singh with her full dedication and extra ordinary efforts prepared the people in her locality to fight malaria,” PM said during the radio programme. “She spread awareness about precautions and helped the entire village during tough times”, Modi pointed out.

The monthly radio programme of the Prime Minister not only put the non-descript Balasore village on national headlines but also made the 28-year-old woman the face of thousands of ASHA ‘karmis’ who work tirelessly to change the health profile of remote villages of India.

Jamuna, a Class-IX dropout, took the training as an ASHA in 2010. And she has not stopped on tracks ever since. With a missionary zeal, the 28-year-old woman has been able to bring transformation by changing the mindset of people who were depending on superstitious acts like sorcery/witchcraft to treat such patients.

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“The PM’s appreciation would encourage me to provide more service to the people”, she said. She credits the success of her efforts to her father Shyam Sundar Singh and husband Debendra Singh, a daily wager.

Jamunamani was awarded by the Odisha government on Independence Day for her effort to eradicate malaria in her locality.

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