Women will have strong participation in Atma Nirbhar Madhya Pradesh: CM Chouhan

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Women self-help groups will also get financial support

Bhopal, Mar 20

Women empowerment has taken priority in the road map of self-reliant Madhya Pradesh, which will make women of the state self sufficient by their own skills and they will play an important role in making the state self-reliant, stated Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The Minister further said that the state government is providing all possible help to women to strengthen them financially. Effective works are being done in respect of women, security, women welfare, education, health, social, economic progress, employment, equality, girl-child and women empowerment. Many schemes are also being run for women and girls and the benefit of these schemes is being given to them on the basis of their rights.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that there is no work which women cannot do. In Madhya Pradesh, serious efforts will be made to provide women equal status in the society, so that strong participation of women can be ensured in the development of the state.

Chief Minister said that the work of providing financial support to women self-help groups will be done continuously. An amount of Rs 200 crore has been transferred to the accounts of women self-help groups of the state on International Women’s Day. Now 150 crore rupees more will be transferred to the accounts of the groups every month. Women self-help groups will now be provided loans at a rate of 2 percent instead of 4 percent. The government will pay the remaining amount of interest. Women’s self-help groups are also being linked to the purchase of wheat and other crops this time. Besides, the ingredients used in the mid-day meal will also be purchased from the women self-help groups. Under the Panchayat level surveys, 50 percent members will be of the women self-help groups. Women self-help groups have also been entrusted with the task of making uniforms for the children of the government schools. Overall, the local is being made vocal through women self-help groups in the state.

In order to make the status of women stronger in the household, the state government has decided that it will be necessary to add the wife’s name with the husband in the land papers. Provision for two percent exemption in registration on purchase of new property in the name of sister, mother, daughter and wife will be applicable. The housing plans will have a joint name of both the spouses.”

Umang programme is being implemented to change the male-oriented mindset. In this, children of Class IX to XI will be given lessons on values of giving respect to girls. Chief Minister Chouhan informed that in the Ladli Laxmi Yojana launched in the state to foster affection for girls, has more than 38 lakh girls of the state in it. The government is also taking responsibility for the education of these Ladli Laxmis. The government will bear the fees for their higher education in IIT, IIM, medicine, engineering both in the country and abroad. Nari Samman Kosh will also be set up in the state soon.

Madhya Pradesh has always been playing a leading role in the implementation of women-related schemes of the central government along with effective implementation of schemes run for women in the state. Recently, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development reviewed the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana in which it was announced that Madhya Pradesh has ranked first in successful implementation of the scheme and for its achievement of 152 percent. Under the scheme, there is provision of Rs 5000 per beneficiary to all pregnant women and lactating mothers in three installments on fulfilling the laid down conditions on the first born child.

The state government is fully sensitive towards girls and women. The Freedom of Religion Bill has been passed by the Legislative Assembly in the state. Under the Act, criminals who instill fear, threaten and seduce girls will be punished with rigorous imprisonment for life. A ‘Muskan Abhiyan’ has been launched to trace missing girls of the state. About 9 thousand missing girls have been rescued and handed over to their parents under this campaign.

Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to not only provide death by hanging to such criminals, but so far 72 convicts have also been sentenced to death. Aparajita programme has also been started for the self-defense of girls. In the first phase of the programme, martial arts training will be imparted to 23 thousand girl students of the state.

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