BHOPAL: A programme on the topic ‘Skill Development for Rise in Cleanliness Facilities and Increase the Participation of Women in Vocations related to Cleanliness’ was organized on Friday. The programme was organized under the joint aegis of an NGO ‘Samarthan’ and ‘Sidbi’. Additional chief secretary, panchayat and rural development, Gauri Singh said 46 lakh houses are to be built in the coming five years.
The government would be giving priority to women in the works linked to ‘Swach Bharat Mission’. It was informed in the programme that women have been setting examples in the field of construction works. As many as 450 women from Sehore, Raisen and Panna districts of the state, after taking training, are working as ‘Rajmistry’. These women are now earning more than their usual income.
Director, Samarthan, Dr Yogesh Kumar said the people in rural areas have changed their traditional mind-set and accepted the vocation of ‘Rajmistry’. It has not only helped them in becoming self-reliant but also setting an example of women empowerment. Senior programme manager Devidas Nimje, Sidbi, regional manager, Dr Yogesh Mahor, additional commissioner, Ajit Tiwari, regional manager Binu Arikkal, Parimal Gupta, Chitranjan Tyagi and Ramesh Kumar Shrivastava also spoke on the occasion.