Raipur: Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said that the state government has done concrete work to protect the rights of women, their education, health, independence and self-respect.
He gave detailed information about the work being done in these areas while addressing the public on the 16th episode of Lokvaani radio programme. Chief minister said that with the participation of women power, a new economic revolution will be born in Chhattisgarh with combination of small schemes, small capital and small entrepreneurship and this economic revolution will become a sustainable model of development.
In the today’s episode of Lokvaani, chief minister called on women power to cooperate in the COVID-19 vaccination drive and said that even after vaccination, measures like masks, safe distance and frequent washing of hands with soap will have to be followed.
Chief minister further said that 10,000 women have been included under Mission Clean City project. One lakh 85,000 women have been linked with self-employment activities through women self-help groups. Protection officers have been appointed in each district under Nava Bihan Scheme to protect women from domestic violence. 2200 new posts of women home guards have been created in girls hostels and ashrams. A provision has been made in the new budget to establish 9 new girls hostels. Helpdesks are being operated in 370 police stations for prevention of crimes related to women. Schemes, such as Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyan, Dai-Didi Mobile Clinic, the Chief Minister's Haat-Bazar Clinic Scheme, Chief Minister's Urban Slum Health Scheme, Sanjeevani Express, 102 Mahtari Express, have been started for women health and nutrition.
Saluting the power of motherhood, chief minister greeted mothers, sisters and daughters of the state and said "Jai Johar, Namaskar, Jai Siyaram". International Women's Day was celebrated on 8 March. On this occasion, discussions were held in regards to women and their rights across the country. In the same sequence, Lokvaani program of the month of March was dedicated to Matri Shakti.
Chief minister said that honoring women is necessary, but protecting their rights, and making continuous efforts for their education, health, self-employment, and self-respect is far more important. State government has done concrete work in this direction.
Referring to the efforts being made to advance women's education and security in the state, chief minister said that we have taken the initiative to lay the foundation of education from the Anganbadi level. Anganbadi is generally considered to be the center of nutritious food supply for infants, but we have started the work of developing Anganbadi as nursery-play school. Anganbadi centers are being constructed through convergence under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA. We have set the target to open Girls College and girls hostel in every district.
In the context, chief minister said that COVID-19 was definitely a new kind of crisis for the country and the world. Women power has a big contribution in the success we have achieved in dealing with this crisis. Women have handled the responsibility of taking care of their family, livelihood with grace and dedication. During this period, agricultural activities, forest produce collection in forests, employment under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA went on uninterrupted in our villages, and the contribution of women as Anganwadi and health worker has been unprecedented during the COVID crisis. As far as the introduction of train and bus facilities is concerned, I assure you that we are trying our best to normalize rail transport as soon as the guideline from Government of India is received. At the state government level, we will cooperate fully, while continuous efforts are being made to normalize bus services in the state.