3o Apr : Like every sphere, women are on the march ahead also in the labour sector in the state. This fact has come to the fore after an analysis of number of labourers engaged in the works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. This information has been given by Minister for Panchayats & Rural Development and Social Justice Shri Gopal Bhargava.
Shri Bhargava said that the number of women labourers is more than men in six districts in the works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. By the month of February during the year 2009-10, more women have worked under the scheme than men in Dhar, Balaghat, Mandla, Sidhi, Umaria and Anuppur districts. The women labourers generated 83 lakh mandays in Dhar district as against 54 lakh mandays by their male counterparts. Thus women have worked 29 lakh more mandays that men in Dhar district. In Sidhi district, women generated 74 lakh mandays worth work while men generated 53 lakh mandays. In this way, women generated 20 lakh more mandays.
Umaria stands third in this respect where women generated 48 lakh mandays against 48 lakh mandays generated by their male counterparts producing 28 lakh more mandays than men. In Mandla, women labourers generated 81 lakh mandays against 77 lakh generated by men. Similarly, they generated 57 lakh mandays against 53 lakh by men in Anuppur district. In both these districts, women generated four lakh more mandays than men.