International Women’s day is observed annually to celebrate the women empowerment, achievements and potential of powerful women across the world. Today, a grand program was organised in Jhunujhunu where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and other ministers were present for the pan-India launch of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao along with the launch of National Nutrition Mission scheme.
For any country’s development, it’s important that issues like gender biasness and unequal opportunities are addressed and that’s where the government comes into the picture. Talking about the present government, a myriad of programs and policies has been introduced in various fields to ensure that women are given all the rights and freedom that they deserve.
On the occasion of this special day, here’s a list of schemes introduced by the government for Women Empowerment in India in India.
Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojna is a maternity benefit program for pregnant and lactating women aiming to compensate for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives. This enables women to take proper rest before and after delivering a baby and take break from work ensuring good health of the mother and the baby. The eligible women are given cash incentives worth INR 50,000 in three instalments.
The campaign Beti Bachao Beti Padhao was launched in 2015 and since then has brought a huge difference in the society. With the objective of protecting the girl child from social evils like sex determination and female foeticide, this program has helped out in escalating the sex ratio, particularly for children between 0-6. Under this scheme, girl child is given a free bank account facility which is exempted from tax and the financial assistance help the girl’s parents to utilize the monetary aid for her education and marriage.
National Nutrition Mission has been launched today by PM Modi that will be expanded to the entire country in a phased manner. It will keep a check on the stunted growth, malnutrition, anemia, and low birth weight of infants. In India, the under nourishment of children is a severe issue and the scheme aims to resolve the same with best possible results through close monitoring and timely action.
In order to ensure the safety of women in below poverty line families, Prime Minister Modi came up with the Ujjwala Yojna to provide 5 Crore LPG connections to women. It was earlier reported that cooking food with unclean fuels poses a serious health hazard and considering the severity of the matter, the government decided to empower women by giving them LPGs.
Indian government introduced a new scheme for empowering women with Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra. In this, women in rural areas are empowered and assisted to create an environment whereby they realize their full potential. It includes women centric programs that are being carried out in a phased manner at national, state, district, and block levels.
In order to provide a safe shelter to women facing atrocities like domestic violence, sexual abuse, economic abuse, or psychological trauma, the government started the operation of One Stop Centres. These centres take care of all such women irrespective of their age, caste, race, and marital status. They are given medical aid, legal assistance, and other necessary form of support.