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Women's empowerment figures in govt's development agenda

Updated: Dec 13, 2013 05:54:08pm
New Delhi, Dec 13 (KNN) In an effort to enhance the empowerment of women across all sectors, the government has taken up projects for skills training, technical support, etc to promote all-round development of women.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has been implementing “National Mission for Empowerment of Women” (NMEW) scheme to strengthen inter-sectoral convergence and facilitate the process of coordinating all the women’s welfare and socio-economic development programmes, said an official release.

NMEW envisages economic empowerment like provision of skill training, technology transfer, technical support and promotion of market linkages, giving women access to social programmes and leverage funds for asset creation and strengthening delivery system through gender budgeting and preparation of gender sensitive programmes.

The other initiatives taken by the mission are the State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) and Poorna Shakti Kendra’s (PSK) or Women Resource Centres.

SRCW provides technical assistance, guidance, mentoring as also monitoring of the activities related to women.

Poorna Shakti Kendra’s (PSK) or Women Resource Centres as one stop centre for services to women were opened in 150 Gram Panchayats (GPs) to provide a platform/forum for women to come together, explore their potentials and possibilities, raise women’s awareness about their contributions to society and their social, economic and political rights, and facilitate access to schemes and entitlements.

The mission is also implementing 11 thematic convergence projects on various issues affecting women including declining child sex ratio (CSR), access to rights and access to sustainable livelihoods.  

So far 30 states have started SRCW to achieve empowerment of women and 21 PSKs have been set up in the country.  A sum of Rs.520.84 lakhs has been sanctioned for these SRCWs and Rs 308.98 lakhs has been sanctioned for these PSKs, since the inception of Mission.  (KNN/ST)


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