MP govt to open Nirbhaya centres to help women victims, says minister

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2014 16:49 IST

The state government will open Nirbhaya centres in six districts to extend all kinds of help to victims of rape, harassment and dowry, said women and child development department Maya Singh on Wednesday.

Releasing the performance report of her department, minister Maya Singh praised Ladli Laxmi Yojna and said the state government's Ladli Laxmi Yojna has been simplified so that maximum people could get the benefit of the scheme.

When asked about the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) report that stated that Ladli Laxmi fund had been released in the name of dead girls, Singh denied that any such thing happened. The minister said the department had received four awards to empower women in the past one year.

"With centres, the department has constituted Shaurya Dal in 20 districts to strengthen women and girls to curb crimes against women. The department has also imparted training to 75,000 persons to create awareness among women about laws related to women," she added.

Replying to a question on gender ratio, the minister said they had implemented special action plan in 10 districts, including Morena, Gwalior, Bhind, Datia, Rewa, Tikamgarh, Sheopur, Shivpuri and Indore to improve gender ratio and reduce female foeticide.

To fight against malnutrition among children, the central government had sanctioned 4,905 new anganwadi centres to the state. Nari Chetna Sangh of Dindori district, who had been awarded with Skoch Award and Sitaram Foundation's Livelihoods Award, had also come to the conference.

Rekha of Baiga community said, "Earlier, it was tough for us to earn livelihood. But after Kodu-Kutki programme, we are earning net profit of Rs 39 lakh."

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