Women should get the right to equality in families as well: Baghel

Central Chronicle News
Raipur, Mar 08: Addressing a state level women’s conference on the occasion of International Women’s Day today, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that there has always been a significant contribution of mother power in Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister said that women have been given the right to equality in the Constitution, and now is the high time to give equal rights to women in the family as well, so that they may take decisions on their own. He said that state government is continuously working towards the education, health and self-reliance of women.
Baghel said that when an educated man benefits himself, but when a woman is educated, it benefits the whole family. Entire family gets educated and the society moves ahead and progress. He said that state government has made provision of free education for girls and boys up to 12th standard. In the name of Swami Atmanand, 52 English mediums have been started this year, and in the budget of 2021-22, provision for 119 English medium schools has been made. In the near future, English medium schools will be opened in every development block headquarters, so as to provide English Medium education facility to the daughters in the development block itself. Chief Minister said that State Government is conducting several schemes to provide better nutrition and better health facilities to women. 20 thousand women suffering from anemia have become healthy due to the Chief Minister’s Nutrition Campaign (Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyan. Through this campaign, 99 thousand children have been cured of malnutrition in one year.
Chief Minister said that 20 lakh women have been provided employment and income resources by associating them with self-help groups. Other than making vermi compost, women are conducting various economic activities in Gauthans, they are also earning from the collection of minor forest produce. Earlier, only 07 types of minor forest produce were purchased on support price, now their number has been increased to 52, which has also contributed to the increase in income of women. Women are also operating various cottage industries such as broom making, lac, kodo-kutki processing, honey production. Rural women have started a readymade garment factory in Dantewada under the brand DENEX. Naxalite-affected women from internal areas are also working in this factory, after completing their training in tailoring. Chief Minister said that all the municipal corporations will soon have a well-equipped pink room for women, where women will be able to breastfeed their children.
Chief Minister Baghel said that any citizen, including women, can avail police assistance in emergency by dialing 112, but now a separate dial service number will be issued for women, so that the police may immediately attend to the emergency call for help on this number. Baghel said that today women are ahead of men in every field. In Chhattisgarh, women are getting elected on more than 50% cent seats reserved for them in panchayati raj institutions. Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly has 14 women legislators. The Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly has the highest representation of women among all the Legislative Assemblies of the country.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Chief Minister felicitated a number of women for their remarkable work in the field of women empowerment and Anganwadi workers for their outstanding work. At the program, guests including Chief Minister released posters “Dattak Grahan” programme of Suposhan Sangwari Poshan Sandarbh, and the poster of WhatsApp Call Center of the State Women’s Commission. While wishing women on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Women and Child Development Minister Anila Bhendia said that earlier financial aid was provided only for the birth of the first daughter under Matri Vandan Yojana, now under Mata Kaushalya Matri Vandan Yojana, financial aid of Rs five thousand will be provided at birth of the second daughter.
Ms. Shehla Nigar, Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development, delivered the welcome address. Director of Women and Child Development Department Smt. Divya Umesh Mishra proposed a vote of thanks.

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