Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that sisters can work miracles when they feel the urge to work. Mothers, sisters, daughters are not born to live in deprivation and poverty and to be ridiculed. Women are not yet given the respect they deserve.
There is discrimination between sons and daughters. It is my life’s work to work for the strengthening of mother, sister, daughter, it is my top priority. After becoming Chief Minister, my plans aimed to ensure women’s empowerment down to the village level.
Chouhan spoke about a program to distribute bank loans to members of self-help groups formed under the State Rural Livelihood Mission at the Kushabhau Thakre Auditorium. Chief Minister Chouhan distributed Rs. 300 crore in bank loans to support group members with a single click. Chouhan also conducted a virtual dialogue with the Panchayat-level members of the group.
As part of the program, Chouhan also released the Aajeevika Calendar full of comprehensive training materials. Tulsiram Silawat, Minister of Water Resources, Prabhuram Choudhary, Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare, Omprakash Sakhlecha, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Ramkhelawan Patel, Minister of State for Panchayat and Rural Development, and Umakant Umrao, Chief Secretary Panchayat and Rural Development present. A film focusing on food crops produced in Dewas district was shown in the programme, which began with the lighting of a lamp and a Madhya Pradesh song. All districts and panchayats were virtually connected to the program.
The prime minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for introducing the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana and said provisions have been made through various programs to empower women from birth to life.
Sambal Yojana is also implemented in the state. Pregnant mothers under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Ladli Laxmi Yojana when giving birth to a daughter, free books and school uniform when daughter goes to school, free cycle when daughter goes to another village when daughter passes grade twelve with good grades a Provision in favor of Gaon ki Beti Yojana, if daughter goes to college then there is provision in favor of Pratibha Kiran Yojana. Arrangements have also been made in the Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah Yojana to ensure that the daughter’s house is properly furnished.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that so far more than 40 lakh daughters have become Ladli Laxmi in the state.
The state government will implement the Ladli Laxmi-Two program soon.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said our government is committed to the educational, social, economic and political empowerment of women. For the first time in Madhya Pradesh, a 50 percent reservation in local bodies was granted to women. For women, 50 percent of positions are reserved as contract school teachers and 30 percent in the police force. Women have also created a new story by working confidently, that’s a big social change. Indore has won first place for cleanliness five times, and the mayor there is a woman. Female sarpanchs also do exemplary work.
Prime Minister Shri Chouhan said that economic empowerment is necessary for self-esteem and self-confidence. Women should be financially empowered, their income should increase, it is necessary for the full empowerment of women. The state government is continuously working in this direction to ensure that every woman involved in Aajeevika mission should have a minimum income of ten thousand rupees per month. Intensive discussions are held with banks every month so that the women can obtain loans from banks quickly and easily. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said women from self-help groups should adopt the methods of digital money transaction. Women should step forward with full confidence, according to the 13 sutras of the Aajeevika Mission concept, the state government is with women at every step.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said changes are coming in the area of economic and social empowerment due to women’s activism. Women’s self-help groups should also continuously campaign for a positive change in social behavior on issues such as prohibition, prevention of child marriages, cleanliness, nutrition, environmental protection.
Rubina’s clothing store runs in the Maruti van
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan also interacted virtually with members of self-help groups from different districts. Smt. Rubina Bi from the self-help group Jagrukta Aajeevika in Dewas district said that she used to work as a laborer. After joining the group, she started running her own fabric shop in the village. With this increase in income, Rubina bought a Maruti van. Now she also sells clothes in the surrounding villages. After joining the group her monthly income is now between Rs. 25-30 thousand. Prime Minister Shri Chouhan, after hearing the story of Rubina’s struggle and success, encouraged her and urged support groups across the state to “clap for Rubina”.