“Government’s resolve to empower the women in the state economically”-CM Harish Rawat
Dehradun: Addressing a Women’s Conference at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here, today, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said it was his government’s resolve to ensure contribution of women to the state’s development by empowering them economically. This would be achieved by paying particular attention to their education. They would be brought into the mainstream by recruiting them to the Police and other government services. Women self-help groups would be further activated and their products distributed to markets at various places. Finance would be arranged for Mahila Mangal Dals through MLA LAD funds. These Dals would also be given responsibility of construction works in the rural areas. They would be associated with Watershed, livelihood and other programmes. Improved versions of stoves would be made available to women. A revolving fund would be instituted for ASHA and Anganwadi workers to provide financial assistance at the time of retirement. Educated Anganwadi workers would be given 15 percent weightage in recruitment to services, while the mid-wife system would be rejuvenated and allowances paid.
Women would not only be given the benefit of various social pension schemes, they would also receive Rs 6 per litre as subsidy for their dairy committees. Cultivation of fodder variety of trees would be promoted through schemes like ‘Mera Ped, Mera Dhan’. This would meet the shortage of fodder in the hills and boost animal husbandry.
The CM said the Government’s intent was to economically strengthen women. On the occasion, he also felicitated several women for their social work.
The Chief Minister was welcomed to the conference by Women Congress President Sarojini Kaintura and expressed gratitude for the efforts being made by him to promote women’s empowerment.
Earlier, the CM flagged off a rally from the Doon Hospital against female foeticide and in favour of women’s literacy.