‘Women empowerment key to social development’

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BISHNAH: Saying that em­powerment of women is imper­ative for the development of the society, Chief Minister, Meh­booba Mufti today said the Gov­ernment has launched many schemes and programmes for the welfare and development of women of the State.

Addressing a public meet­ing after interacting with members of women Self Help Groups set up under UMEED programme under J&K Rural Livelihood Mission here this afternoon, the Chief Minister said the State Government has flagged women’s welfare as a priority area and efforts are being made to achieve the tar­gets in this regard.

Mehbooba Mufti said keep­ing this in view the State Government has launched a scheme called Ladli Beti to sup­port and finance the expenses of girl child. Similarly, she said, the State Government has introduced women’s Police Sta­tions in many districts of the State for the speedy disposal of cases of crime against women.

The Chief Minister said the Government contemplates to set up a Maternity & Child health centre along a hospi­tal in every area of the State so that women in far flung places don’t have to travel miles for their treatment. She said recently the Government launched a scooty scheme for girl students to encour­age the meritorious ones and equip them with exclusive transportation. An exclusive bus service for women was introduced to give the work­ing women and students a se­cure atmosphere not only at workplace but on roads and in travel also, she added.

Mehbooba Mufti compli­mented the Self Help Group (SHG) members for writ­ing their success stories and contributing positively to their families and the society. She said possibili­ties would be explored that these SHGs get the requisite market support and their products are sold across the country at good prices.

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh in his address termed the Umeed scheme as a good beginning for the economic empowerment of rural women of the State. He hoped that the ambit of the scheme would be ex­tended to more and more people.

Minister for Rural Develop­ment, Abdul Haq Khan also ad­dressed the gathering.

Earlier on her arrival, Me­hbooba Mufti visited various stalls put up by these SHGs who had come from various areas of the State.

Minister of State for Rural De­velopment, Sunil Sharma, MLA, Bishnah, Kamal Arora, Secre­tary, Rural Development Depart­ment, Kifayat Hussain Rizvi, Director, JKRLM, Dr. G N Qasba and other officers were also pres­ent on the occasion. (KNS)

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