July 04, 2016
“The government has taken historical decisions for ensuring women safety and their empowerment, started schemes for their education, economic independence and health concerns and they are now showing results but still a lot remains to be done.” ~ Akhilesh Yadav
Women empowerment is necessary to build stronger economies and to achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families, and communities.
Akhilesh Yadav government has taken important decisions for making women self-reliant and self-sufficient. The government has started several schemes for their education, economic independence, and health concerns.
Uttar Pradesh government’s ‘Women Policy’ purports to work towards giving control to women over their own lives in terms of resources and ideology. Under Akhilesh Government, a significant development has been noticed in the networking of women’s groups. Increased participation of women in Panchayats has also raised hope.
Steps taken for Women Empowerment
Akhilesh Yadav government has cited various schemes of women empowerment like Kanya Vidya Dhan, Laptop Distribution Scheme, 1090 Women Powerline, etc. and constituted Rani Lakshmi Bai Mahila Samman Kosh that aims to ensure monetary and medical aid to women who are victims of violence and also for educational assistance. Minor children of such victims are also given educational and medical assistance when required. Here are some important schemes of Samajwadi Party government:
Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojna
Under this scheme, an amount of Rs. 30,000 is given to class XII pass girl students to encourage them for higher level education. More than 3,62,505 girls have been benefitted under Kanya Vidya Dhan till date. The application form is available on each district’s official website and also gets regularly published in local newspapers.
Laptop Distribution Scheme
Under this scheme free laptops and computer tablets are provided to encourage the students in the state who pass the high school and intermediate examinations.
A total of 15 lakh laptops have been distributed by Akhilesh Yadav in the first three years of his administration. The laptops are also gifted to the top achievers of each district in the state.
1090 Women Power Helpline
Women Powerline 1090 is an Interactive Voice Response System, dedicated in Uttar Pradesh for the safety of women from all forms of harassment. It’s a toll free number that provides immediate help to the harassed women suffering from an antisocial behaviour. The service was initiated by Akhilesh Yadav in 2012 and is being operated by UP Police department headed by Navneet Sekera.
A special team of women constables attend the calls and provide timely help to victims in which the identity of the caller is kept anonymous. The women constables, have received sensitivity and physiological training to ensure a safe and secure environment for all the callers. Around 3 lakh cases have been resolved successfully under the scheme.
Soon a ‘Mahila Bazaar’ would come up near the Ambedkar Memorial in Gomti Nagar where women entrepreneurs will get space to showcase their wares and handicrafts.
Other good practices like Dampatti Puraskar Yojna, Hamari Beti Uska Kal, Aasha Jyoti Kendra, Pink Autos especially for women, Sheroes hangout to provide employment to acid attack victims are some of the provisions that Uttar Pradesh government has gifted to women.