Empowerment of women and children priority for state government: Louis Marandi

Ranchi: Women and Child Development Minister Louis Marandi today said that empowerment of women, girls and children is a priority for the state government for which many schemes have been launched and the targeted sections were also getting its benefits.

Addressing a Press Conference at the Suchna Bhawan here she said that women and girls are being provided skill development training while for the poor and needy various pension schemes are also being run by the state government.

Dr Marandi said that under the Tejaswini Yojana girls between the age group 14 to 24 years will be provided skill development training and 10 lakh girls would be covered under this scheme. She said that under the Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana help of Rs 30,000 is given while under Sukanya Yojana a sum of Rs 70,000 is overall provided during different stages of education of the girl child till she goes on to become an adult. She said that under the scheme during fiscal 2019-20 the number of beneficiaries is more than 29 lakh.

The Minister said that for the children and women who have been rescued from child labour and trafficking for them rehabilitation resource centre have been opened in New Delhi and Ranchi. She said that under the Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao campaign through various activities the girls are being empowered.

She said that the department has also opened one-stop centres for the women who are victim of various kinds of violence and are being provided medical aid, counselling, legal help, police help and are also given temporary centres which are currently functional in Ranchi Dhanbad and East Singhbhum while similar centres would also be opened in other districts.

The Minister also shared details over the various pension schemes which are being run for the needy in the state including old age pension widow pension scheme for the primitive tribes group etc. She said that in all the pension schemes the beneficiaries are being paid a minimum of Rs 1000 per month.

Those present in the press conference also included Secretary of the department Amitabh Kaushal, Special Secretary D K Saxena, IPRD Director Ramlakhan Prasad Gupta and others.

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