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Govt. gives thrust on women empowerment for economic self-reliance: CM

Govt. gives thrust on women empowerment for economic self-reliance: CM

Govt. gives thrust on women empowerment for economic self-reliance: CM

Dispur, June 9: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said that the state government gives utmost importance to the empowerment of women to make them economically self-reliant. Chief Minister Sonowal said this while taking part at the Mahila Samaroh, which was organized by the State Rural Livelihood Mission at Mirza in Kamrup district.

Sonowal in his speech also emphasized on the need for greater proliferation of education amongst women to make them vital partners of the development process. Coinciding with the programme, Sonowal also ceremoniously distributed cheques amounting to Rs. 25,000 each to women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) under Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni.

Addressing a mammoth gathering of Self-Help Groups representing nine legislative assembly constituencies under Gauhati Lok Sabha constituency, Chief Minister Sonowal said that the state government has taken up several projects aiming at empowering the women. He said that when women become empowered that eventually leads to empowerment of the entire society.

Stating that education plays a significant role in boosting the skills and abilities of women, Sonowal said that the state government gives priority to educating the women. He urged the women to join hands with the government in its initiatives in the education sector and urged them to take the role of conscious citizens in making moral, spiritual and technical education popular amongst the youth. Further saying that the state government is working without any discrimination to spread education in the society, he informed that nine women colleges would be set up in minority-dominated areas of the state.

Chief Minister Sonowal also highlighted the examples of popular names of Chaygaon area, Alaka Das who has been engaged in the household delivery of LPG cylinder mounting them on her bicycle for last ten years and 'Village Rockstars' famed Rima Das who have exemplified women power in the state. Citing their examples, he said that there is no dearth of talent and abilities amongst the women of the state. Stating the women power as the supreme power, Sonowal also called upon them to work for spreading awareness against evil forces and superstition and also promote peace, harmony, unity, and brotherhood in the society.

Sonowal in his speech also urged the women to be vigilant so that no evil force could destabilize the society and affirmed the government's resolve to not allow any such forces to negatively impact the society. He also appreciated the support extended by the women of the state towards his government. He said that their unstinted support encouraged the government to continue its fight against corruption. As a result of government's anti-corruption drives, 45,000 youth could be provided government jobs in a very transparent manner on the basis of merit only, he added.

Further, underscoring the initiatives taken up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during last four years of the union government, Sonowal said that there is a qualitative change in the society due to the exemplary initiatives of the central government. He mentioned about the Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana and Swacch Bharat Mission, which have brought distinctive change in the society.

Sonowal also urged the women SHGs to prudently utilize the financial assistance provided to them and announced that the best performing three SHGs would be awarded rupees five lakh, three lakh, and two lakh respectively.

Minister of Finance, Health, and PWD etc. Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma delivering his speech said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee first launched the SHG scheme in the country and the state government is working to give a new dimension to the same through Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni. He also informed that under this new scheme, state government would provide financial assistance upto Rs. 5 lakh to the SHGs, which show remarkable performance in their chosen field of activity. Urging the women SHGs to work with sincerity and dedication, Dr. Sarma also asked them to take the message of the public welfare schemes of the government to the targeted beneficiaries.

The Finance Minister also announced that the state government would launch the universalized old age pension scheme on the forthcoming 2nd October is a bid to provide social security to all the senior citizen of the state irrespective of their economic condition. He also said that the state government would begin construction of 19 cancer care centers in designated hospitals with an expenditure of around Rs. 2000 crore in the state on 18th June.

Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Naba Kumar Doley while speaking on the occasion said that the state government would provide financial assistance of Rs. 25,000 each to 1.26 lakh SHGs under Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Yojna, which would be increased up to Rs. 5 lakh in phase manner. He also highlighted various social security schemes taken up for the senior citizens and informed that 219 development blocks have been designated as 'Intensive Block' under which all NRLM programmes would be implemented.

State Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharjya, MP Bijoya Chakraborty, MLA and HOUSEFED Chairman Ranjeet Dass also delivered a speech on the occasion.

Minister of State i/c for Irrigation Bhabesh Kalita and Minister of State i/c for Town & Country Planning Pijush Hazarika, MLAs Pranab Kalita, Atul Bora, Suman Haripriya and Narayan Deka, several chairman and vice chairman of corporations and other bodies, Kamrup DC, NRLM MD Nandita Hazarika and other officials of the department were present in the programme.