CM launches schemes to help poor, underprivileged women

CM launches schemes to help poor, underprivileged women

CM launches schemes to help poor, underprivileged women

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday launched two schemes – Samruddhi and Dhanashri – for empowering women from economically and socially weaker sections.
The Dhanashri scheme is aimed at helping women with HIV.

After launching the schemes on International Women’s Day, the chief minister said that a loan of Rs 50,000 will be given to eligible persons.

The chief minister said the government has launched many welfare schemes for women which increased the number of women’s self-help groups (SHG) to 1.5 lakh across the state comprising 22 lakh members. He said the initial deposits in these SHGs have been increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000.

To support businesses run by SHGs, the government has created four divisions at Kalaburagi, Gadag, Bengaluru and Davangere, he pointed out.

‘Reservation Bill’
Siddaramaiah took the opportunity to pitch for early clearance of the Women’s Reservation Bill.

“Unless there is reservation for women in the legislature and Parliament, it is not possible for women to occupy key positions in governance. The long-pending Women’s Reservation Bill must be passed,” said Siddaramaiah.

He said the state government has reserved 50% seats in urban local bodies for women, which is a step towards women empowerment.

On the occasion, the chief minister conferred Kittur Rani Chennamma awards on five institutions and eight individuals who have rendered services for the development of women.

Awards were also given to women who have made outstanding achievements in various fields and one woman was given an award for her exemplary bravery. In all, 23 awards were given away.