Dhar:Wednesday, April 23:The Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a number of novel schemes have been implemented for empowerment of women so that they can become active partner in development of society and the country. While addressing a women empowerment convention here today the Chief Minister said that a congenial atmosphere is being created for eradicating of social evils and enhancing awareness.The Chief Minister said that the schemes launched by the state government have led to positive changes in the state. He dwelt at length on Janjni Suraksha Yojana, Mukhya Mantri Kanyadan Yojana, Ladali Laxami Yojana and Gaon Ki Beti Yojana. He said that the rate of institutional deliveries has now gone up from 26 percent to 70 percent.
Shri Chouhan said that 50 percent offices have been reserved for women in panchayats and urban civic bodies. Similarly, 50 percent posts of teacher and ten percent posts in police force have been reserved for women in the state. Cent percent posts have been reserved for women in Rani Durgawati Battalion. A women desk has been set up in every police state so that women can lodge complaints without any difficulty. The honorarium of anganwadi workers has been increased. It has been ensured that woman labourers get 45 days wages as maternity benefit and their husbands 15 days paid leave to take care of them.
The Chief Minister said that the state government is going to launch Mukhya Mantri Annapurna Yojana to provide wheat and rice to the poor at the subsidized rate of Rs. 3 and Rs. 4.5 per kg, respectively.
The Chief Minister distributed National Saving Certificates of Rs. 6 thousand each to five girls under Ladali Laxami Yojana. He also presented a cheque of Rs. 20 thousand to a woman Smt. Soni Bai and of Rs. three thousand five hundred to another woman Smt. Seema Bai under Mukhya Mantri Majdoor Suraksha Yojana. He also gave away cheques of incentive amount to two couples who opted for inter caste marriage.
On the demand of local public representatives the Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs. 50 lakh to Dhar municipality and setting up of two new girls and boys schools and a new school at Ghata Billaud. He also inaugurated the new building of the office of the Superintendent of Police.
The Minister for Woman and Child Development Sushri Kusum Mehadele, Minister for Tribal Welfare Kunawar Vijay Shah; Minister of State for Tribal Welfare Smt. Ranjana Baghel, Member of Parliament Shri Chhatar Singh Darbar and MLA Shri Jaswant Singh Rathore also spoke on the occasion.