CM Seeks Implementation Status of Women Welfare Initiatives

JAMMU: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday directed the Social Welfare Department (SWD) to prepare an “approach paper” on the implementation status of all the welfare schemes for women in the State and suggest measures to make the gender friendly initiatives of the Government successful.

Chairing the second meeting of the State Mission Authority under National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) here today, the Chief Minister, who is the chairperson of the Authority, said a number of schemes aimed at welfare of women are in operation in the State by various Departments and agencies.

She said the status of implementation of each of such schemes and the difficulties, if any, in the successful delivery of benefits be recorded in an organised way to let the Government take a further view on making these schemes much more successful in future, an official spokesperson said.

Mehbooba Mufti asked for extension of more women friendly initiatives in the State and convergence of policy measures to make these initiatives successful on the ground.

She said the idea and concept of these schemes being very prudent in nature, effective and successful implementation of such schemes remains a challenge and hoped such an approach paper would lay the road ahead for removing these bottlenecks.

The meeting was informed that as per the decision of the first meeting of the SMA, the State Resource Centre for Women has been made fully functional in the State to give focused attention to the inter sectoral issues affecting women besides implementing various gender sensitive programmes of the Government.

Similarly, the One Stop Centre (OSC) concept to provide coordinated response to victims of violence against women by way of medical help, shelter, legal assistance and psychological counselling is in the final stages of execution and nine such centres are in pipeline in the State.

The SMA in the State was constituted in 2012 as a sequel to the formation of NMEW in 2010 and its objectives include strengthening and promoting all round development of women, prevention of crimes against women, promoting gender sensitivity and getting women associated with various skill development initiatives.

2741 Ladli Scheme Cases Covered In 2015-16; 3361 Anganwari Centres Sanctioned

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday stressed on the need for an integrated approach for effective implementation of various welfare schemes of the Government in the State.

Chairing a meeting to review the functioning of ICDS Department here today, the Chief Minister impressed upon the field functionaries manning these schemes to ensure that such schemes are properly projected among the target groups and their requirements and needs are properly factored in.

This, she said, would not only make such schemes attractive among the target groups but also yield good results on the ground with successful implementation, an official spokesperson said.

Mehbooba Mufti said though all the schemes meant for social development of masses are properly devised and planned but their proper and time bound implementation is very critical for the success of such schemes.

She advised periodic review of implementation pace of these schemes by the nodal agencies and also time to time feedback from the ground.

The meeting was told that the working module of the Anganwari Centres in the State is being re oriented and many more functional components are being integrated to make them Community Social Centres with early childhood education and healthcare linkages.

Recently 3361 more centres have been sanctioned to the network of Anganwari Centres in the State and also 1500 Anganwari Centres are being adopted by various functionaries of the Department to make them model Anganwari Centres by way of attention, ownership and functioning, the meeting was informed.

The meeting was told that under the convergence programme with Health Department, health checkups, de worming camps and other investigations for the kids are being arranged at these centres.

The meeting was also informed that buildings for 500 Anganwari Centres are being constructed across the State in convergence mode with the Rural Development Department which would have aesthetically developed child friendly facilities like book corners, toy chests, tastefully coloured playing spots etc.

Under the Ladli scheme, the meeting was informed that 2741 cases were covered during 2015-16 while as 8921 cases have been targeted for coverage during the current financial year.

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