Today is World Women’s Day. On this occasion I want to congratulate all of you. In my opinion we celebrate World Women’s Day to change public opinion about women.
The Government of Madhya Pradesh has launched many schemes and programmes for the betterment of women. To end the perception that girls are a burden, schemes like Ladli Laxmi and Beti Bachao have been launched. In year 2001, the sex ratio in the State was 919. It has grown to 932 in 2011. Because of the Janani Suraksha Yojana, the institutional delivery percentage has jumped from 22 per cent in the year 2003 to a whopping 90 per cent now.
Female government employees can now get child care leave of 730 days. Females get 50 per cent reservation in Panchayats and Municipal bodies and 50 per cent in teachers’ recruitment. In government jobs also, they get 33 per cent reservation.
Around 52,000 child marriages were stopped under the Lado Abhiyan. We started a Chief Minister Girls’ Marriage Scheme under which poor fathers get financial assistance for the marriage of their daughters.
Shaurya Dals are active in as many as twenty districts and are giving out a strong message to the society against violence, dowry, discrimination and other social evils. The government stands behind every girl right from her birth, throughout her adolescence and until her marriage and career.
We can say that Madhya Pradesh doesn’t need to celebrate Women’s Day. The women of this state celebrate it on every day by becoming more powerful day by day.
I request all of you to make such an environment where girls are treated in a special manner. They should get socially secured, better health facilities, quality education and equal rights. Women empowerment is one of mine as well as state’s main motive and I am sure that with your support, together we will make Madhya Pradesh as a model state. Again, I want to wish you Happy Women’s Day.
(This is an edited version of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s blog post)
CM to stage road show today
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan would stage a road show for the empowerment of women in the society on Tuesday. Chauhan would take part in this road show from CM House to Ravindra Bhawan on the theme of ’10 years of Women Empowerment’.
Minister for Woman Development Maya Singh would also be present. Various programmes across the state would also commence on this occasion. On the first day, special Gram Sabhas would be organised in all 52,000 villages in the state. Special Jan-Sunvai will be held and ‘Nari Shakti Chaupal’ would be conducted. The International Women’s Day will be inaugurated at CM House. The girls under Ladli Laxmi Yojana would put badges on the CM. Chauhan would leave CM House on ‘Shakti Rath’. This Rath (chariot) would move across the state to publicise schemes floated for women. A signature campaign would also be launched from Shyamala Hills Square. The girls getting bicycles, uniforms and other facilities free of charge would join the show near Manas Bhawan.
Chauhan will distribute driving licenses to rural women and launch ‘Anmol-2’. He would also award those working for the cause of women.