(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Mahila Shakti Kendra [MARCH-2018]

(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Mahila Shakti Kendra


Mahila Shakti Kendra

was established to provide ”one stop convergent support services for empowering rural women with opportunities for skill development, employment, digital literacy, health and nutrition”. The aim was to empower rural women through community participation and create an environment where they can harness their potential in an optimum way. It is a part of the Umbrella Scheme ”Mission for Protection and Empowerment for Women” of the Ministry of Women and Child development. Mahila Shakti Kendra under the above scheme has been allocated an enhanced budget of Rs 267 crore from Rs 64 crore last fiscal, which reveals that the government is pledged to uplift the status of rural women. Proper implementation and monitoring of this scheme would empower these marginalised women not only for themselves, but also for their families, communities and for overall economic productivity of the country.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development implements two shelter based schemes, namely, Swadhar Greh Scheme and Short Stay Home for providing emergency outreach services to women who do not have societal/family support or independent means of income. Under these schemes free shelter, food, medical care, counselling etc. are provided to the beneficiaries. Rs.9S crores has been allocated to the Swadhar Greh Scheme for these vulnerable women. Under “Working Women Hostel” scheme, safe and affordable accommodation would be provided to working women, those under training and to girls attending professional courses. The allocation for Working Women’s Hostel Scheme has been raised to Rs.60 crore, showing an increase of 20 per cent. The Swadhar Scheme under Union Ministry of Women and Child Development was launched in 2002 for rehabilitation of women who live m difficult circumstances. The aim is to provide food, clothing, shelter, and care to vulnerable women/ girls such as widows deserted by their families and relatives, women prisoners released from jail and without family support, women survivors of natural disasters, women victims of terrorist/extremist violence etc. The allocation of fund to this Scheme is Rs.95 crores.

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