Bhopal:Thursday, September 4, 2008:Implementation of Usha Kiran Yojana is being undertaken in the state with a rapid pace. This scheme has been launched to enforce the provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, Rule 2006. Necessary instructions and guidelines have been given by Women and Child Development Department to all the district collectors in this connection.
The collectors of Satna, Jabalpur, Ujjain and Gwalior have also been instructed to provide shelter to women affected by domestic violence in the Nari Niketans being run in those districts as well. So far, widows, destitute and abandoned women were being provided shelter in these Nari Niketans. Beside shelter, such women will also be rehabilitated. Shelter homes are also being run under Swadhar Yojana in eight districts including Ujjain, Sidhi, Tikamgarh, Bhopal, Rajgarh, Hoshangabad, Harda and Jabalpur. Giving shelter to domestic violence-hit women in these shelter homes is also under consideration. Shelter homes will also be started in the rest of districts soon. Maximum Rs 5000 per month would be paid as monthly rent to a service provider/shelter home.
The service provider whose institution already has a shelter home would be paid Rs 1200 per case for providing shelter to a violence-hit woman while Rs 100 would be given directly to every beneficiary for purchasing soap, oil, tooth-powder etc. Registration of service providers has been ensured in the districts having shelter homes. Action would be taken against a service provider if he fails to provide all round services to affected women as per provisions of Women’s Protection Rule 2006.
The state government has already appointed 367 Protection Officers from among Child Development Project Officers of urban, rural and tribal projects at the development block/project level. The areas where Child Development Project has not been sanctioned Protection Officers will be appointed from among District Programme Officers/District Women and Child Development Officers. These protection officers will review progress of implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, Rule 2006 every month. They will also ensure that there is no delay in providing shelter and help to violence-hit women.