Women and Child Empowerment Schemes to receive funding of Rs 468 crore from DPDC
Mumbai / Balasaheb Ghorpade : A breakthrough decision, of providing three per cent funds under the district annual plan for the empowerment of women and children in every district through the Department of Women and Child Development, has been taken by the state government, informed minister for women and child development Adv. Yashomati Thakur. As a result of this decision, out of the allocation of Rs 15,622 crore made by the state government to the District Planning Development Commission, nearly Rs 468 crore will be made available for the various schemes to be implemented for the Women and Child Development schemes, said Adv. Thakur.
The main objective of the state government is to empower women and children in the state. For this, it has been decided to bring the various district level offices of the women and child development department under one roof. For this, land will be made available through the collectorate in every district. It has been proposed to construct Mahila and Bal Vikas Bhawan on this land. Thakur also said that decision was taken to undertake construction based on the Amravati pattern which has been approved on an experimental basis in the state. Funds required for this construction will be transferred directly to the Public Works Department through the District Planning Committee.
For the empowerment of women and children, Mahila and Bal Vikas Bhawans will be constructed at the district level. This scheme will also include the construction of government begging homes, maintaining the existing begging homes, creating facilities for the rehabilitation of construction workers and Devdasis. Similarly, from the three per cent permanent funding received from the District Planning and Development Council (DPDC), construction and maintenance of government inspection homes, government girls hostels, state-run shelters and shelters for women – that come under the Department of Women and Child Development will have to be undertaken.
Measures for financial empowerment of women
For financial empowerment of women, it has been decided to construct Mahila Bachat Gat Bhawan which will work towards the strengthening of these women self-help groups. A total of 36 vehicles will be provided to the District Women Child Development officer in every district. These vehicles will be used to carry the goods produced by these women self-help groups and those produced by the Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM) to the local market, informed Adv. Thakur.
Development Plan for the Integrated Child Development Service Schemes. The Integrated Child Development scheme will include various works such as constructing new Anganwadi centres, tube water supply, electricity supply, modernisation of kitchens and expansion of the Anganwadi centre buildings and its repairs.
The state government has decided to implement three-tier strategy, wherein various schemes for the empowerment of women and child development, financial empowerment of women and integrated child development services will be undertaken. This will definitely lead to a holistic development of women and children, proclaimed minister for women and child development Adv. Thakur. Through these schemes, special care will be taken by the state government towards the homeless, destitute, orphans, women victims of domestic violence as well as orphans and children in need of care, feeding mothers and adolescents, informed Adv. Thakur. 000