Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das on Wednesday launched Tejaswini scheme worth Rs 600 crore on the occasion of International Women’s Day targeted at empowering young women through education and employment.
State women and child welfare department in collaboration with the World Bank will run the scheme in 17 of 24 Jharkhand districts for women in the age bracket of 14 to 24 years. Das launched the scheme in presence of Governor Droupadi Murmu and state social welfare minister Louis Marandi in Ranchi’s Dhurwa.
The empowerment scheme will impart informal education up to class 10 to all the beneficiaries in the targeted districts and provide skill development lessons for livelihood. In the first phase, the scheme will be implemented in Ramgarh, Dumka, Khunti and Chatra. In the second phase, Deoghar, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Palamu and Godda will fall under the purview of the scheme. In the third and final phase, the scheme will be implemented in Latehar, Kodarma, Jamtara, Lohardaga, Saraikela Kharsawan, Simdega, Pakur and East Singbhum.
The state government plans to start the scheme in all the 17 districts by 2019 and run the project for a period of five years, officials said. Under the scheme, the government will also give incentives worth Rs.1 lakh through direct benefit transfer (DBT) in three instalments to the ones who complete their educational and vocation training.
“We are committed to empower and uplift women through education and livelihood opportunities. The government will also give smartphones to at least one lakh woman entrepreneurs to boost the digital India drive,” said Das.
Governor Droupadi Murmu urged the woman in state to work hard and earn the respect they deserve.
“Even the last person of the society should get the benefits of the scheme,” she said.
Women and child welfare minister Louis Marandi said one of the objectives of the scheme was to give opportunities to the women to successfully venture out in the fields of fisheries, agriculture and animal husbandry.
Meanwhile, The IPS Officers’ Wives Association felicitated women who excelled in different fields at the RIMS auditorium. IG (Organised Crime), Sampat Meena addressed the gathering on women’s safety and concerns. Governor Murmu also attended the event.