HOW INDIAN GOVERNMENT HELPS IN EMPOWERING WOMEN?
Freedom not only means the laws that come under the Indian constitution for Indian citizen whether it is a woman or man. This could also mean that more opportunities for entrepreneurship, jobs, ease in everyday living, increased safety and girl child protection. In short, it could be said that way to empowerment for women has various factors dotting its path. Hence, for ensuring that women are empowered public sectors, as well as the government, play an important role in enabling their welfare. Whether it is about providing free education schemes and cooking gas or allowing women to leverage technology. A slew of schemes has also been launched in previous years to empower women for living independently.
Schemes launched by government for empowering women
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana
This scheme was launched on 22 January 2015 in the city of Panipat, Haryana. It also focuses for generating awareness and improving the efficiency of welfare services for a girl child. The initial focus of the campaign is to trace the declining child sex ratio but it has come in include gender-based elimination on sex-selective, propagating survival, protection, as well as education of girl child. Hence, the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ Yojana is known as the joint initiative of three ministries working for women and children welfare.
Under the guidance of different ministries, the Indian government launched Mahila-E-Haat in 2016. It is known to be bilingual online marketing platform that can leverage technology for helping the aspiring women entrepreneur, NGOs and self-help groups for displaying their services and products. This is open for Indian women more than the age of 18, and this platform offers easy process sign-in as well as payment modes. You could handle everything with mobile and zero-intervention. This portal usually claims that it has attracted 17 lakhs of visitors from its launch. Moreover, it features more than 2000 products as well as services among 18 categories and they are from 24 states of India.
Mahila Shakti Kendra
The government launched this scheme in year 2017 for empowering rural women with various opportunities for employment, skill development, digital literacy, nutrition, and health. There are Mahila Shakti Kendras in India that work through engaging with community and taking help from student volunteers in 115 backward districts. Every Kendra will provide an interface for women of rural areas for approaching the government and availing their entitlements through capacity building and training. This scheme majorly works on the District, National, Block, and State levels.
Working Women Hostel
Government has launched this scheme to make sure that working families have safe and convenient accommodation along with daycare facilities for small children. This is possible in every area such as semi-urban, urban and rural areas of India. This scheme excels in providing assistance for the construction of hostel and expansion of existing hostels.
Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
It also falls under the ambit of the scheme named ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' and it is a government-backed saving scheme for a girl child. Everyone can open an account under this scheme at any India Post Office or Branch of any authorized commercial bank. This can be done anytime between the birth of a girl until they complete 10 years of age by any guardian or parent.
The girl child would be able to operate the account once she has completed 10 years of age and the account offers a 50 percent withdrawal for higher education at age of 18. The account can achieve maturity after 21 years of opening. Moreover, deposits can be done till the account has completed 14 years and it would earn only applicable rate of interest.
Muskan NGO works for the betterment of women
The volunteers of Muskan NGO regularly work for improving the condition of women in Indian society. They believe that empowering woman bring development in the country. The above-mentioned schemes were launched by the Indian government in recent years for empowering women.