State celebrates International Women’s Day

Shimla: State Government has decided to double the insurance benefits under Matri Shakti Bima Yojna to Rs. 50,000 in case of accidental death and Rs. 25,000 in case of loss of one limb. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Sarveen Chaudhary informed during a function on International Women’s Day.

The theme for this year is “Survival to Success-Celebrate her Life“.

She informed Government has also decided to provide 50 percent reservation to women in PRIs and local bodies. She said that State Government was spending Rs. 30 crore on welfare activities for women every year and was providing various facilities to women under Integrated Child Development Scheme.

Mrs. Chaudhary said that 18500 Women Self Help Groups were functioning in the State, which have more than 2 lakh members. She said that 16 hostels have been constructed for facilitating girls students belonging to SC/ST/OBC and 20 hostels were under construction in the State. She said that 14 hostels were functioning in the State to facilitate working women.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister expressed concern over the female foeticide and said that according to 2001 census, the female sex ratio in the age group upto 6 years was 897.

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