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Mahila Shakti Kendras to empower rural women through community participation

By Times of India On 23 November 2017
Mahila Shakti Kendras to empower rural women through community participation

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday CCEA approved a new scheme called 'Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra', which aims at empowering rural women through community participation to create an environment in which they realise their full potential.

The scheme is part of the Umbrella Scheme "Mission for Protection and Empowerment for Women" of the ministry of women and child development. The expansion of the Mission scheme was approved by the cabinet for a period 2017-18 to 2019-20. The financial outlay during 2017-18 to 2019-20 will be Rs.3,636.85 crore with a Central Share of approximately Rs.3,084.96 crore.

One common Task Force will be created at national, state and district level for planning, reviewing and monitoring all the sub-schemes under the Mission, with the objective of ensuring convergence of action and cost efficiency. Every scheme shall have a set of clear, focused target set forth in the guidelines, aligned with Sustainable Development Goals. Mechanism for monitoring of outcome based indicators for all the sub-schemes as suggested by NITI Aayog will be put in place. The schemes will be implemented through the States/UTs and Implementing Agencies. All the sub-schemes have inbuilt monitoring structure at the Central Level, State, District and Block level.

The new scheme "Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra (PMMSK) is envisaged to work at various levels. The national level (domain based knowledge support) and state level (State Resource Centre for Women) structures will provide technical support to the respective governments on issues related to women. The district and block level centres will provide support to PMMSK and also give a foothold to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme in 640 districts to be covered in a phased manner."The scheme will provide an interface for rural women to approach the government for availing their entitlements and for empowering them through training and capacity building," explained officials.

"Community engagement through Student Volunteers is envisioned in 115 most backward districts as part of the PMMSK Block level initiatives. Student volunteers will play an instrumental role in awareness generation regarding various important government schemes/ programmes as well as social issues," statement from the ministry of women and child development explained. More than 3 lakh student volunteers from local colleges are proposed to be engaged in this process, while association with NSS/NCC cadre students will also be an option.

The outcome based activities of student volunteers will be monitored through web based system. On completion, certificates for community service, will be displayed on national portal for verification and can also be used as a resource for the participating students in future.

This decision to involve student volunteers is aimed at building a spirit of voluntary community service and gender equality, say officials. The Ministry sees these students playing the role of "agents of change."

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