Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday lauded the initiatives of Madhya Pradesh in field of women empowerment and said some of them might be replicated in other states. Gandhi's assertion came during a courtesy meeting with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday in Bhopal during her visit to the state, a government release said.
Chouhan said during the meeting that the schemes and programmes in state have been initiated keeping in view the social aspects. He especially mentioned the role of the Shaurya Dals (voluntary team of women working for empowerment) that have helped in controlling evil customs.
The union minister state that the Central government was planning to train women in villages as special police officers and appoint them locally to work for eradication of malnutrition and prevention of violence against women. Gandhi lauded the Sneha Sarokar scheme of state to control malnutrition.
State women and child development minister Maya Singh was also present during the discussion.
Anganwadi visit: Earlier during day, Gandhi visited an anganwadi and an orphanage in city. She expressed satisfaction at the arrangements in the anganwadi centre.
She interacted with children at the Ankur School campus anganwadi and also gave gifts and eatables to them. She also handed over Laadli Laxmi scheme certificates to some beneficiaries. At Matrichhaya orphanage, she sought information on the children and the process of adoption.
She said that the central government is planning to make the process of adoption easier in state. A workshop would be soon held in Bhopal for sharing details, Gandhi said.