⏺️NITI Aayog released SDG India Index 2020-21 report
⏺️Women are getting equal status fast in Chhattisgarh
NITI Aayog has released the State Progress Index for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2020-21 report, in which Chhattisgarh has emerged as the top state in gender equality.
NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index measures and ranks states on the basis of their progress in social, economic and environmental fields. Chhattisgarh has also improved its marks in overall ranking in this index as compared to last time. At the same time, Chhattisgarh has outperformed all the states in one of the 16 goals of gender equality. In Chhattisgarh, policies related to promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls have been adopted, for which many important schemes are being run in the state. This is the reason that Chhattisgarh is also included in the top states of the country in sex ratio. The Government of Chhattisgarh has made a goal to end all forms of discrimination, violence against women and girl child. Efforts are being made to provide equal opportunities and participation to women in social, economic and political decisions and leadership in the state. For which schemes related to Sakhi-One Stop Center, Noni Suraksha Yojana, Nava Bihan Yojana, Saksham Yojana, Swavalamban are being run by the state government. At the same time, the use of information and communication technology is being promoted for the empowerment of women. The ownership and control of women in the state is being ensured as per the law on land, property etc.
Women are becoming self-reliant
Many works are being done in the direction of improving the social, economic and nutritional status of women, protecting their constitutional interests and making them capable and aware to take advantage of the schemes. The state government has decided to engage more than 50 thousand members of women’s groups in the business of forest produce to further empower the mother power in the tribal society. Mahila Shakti Kendras are being operated for the empowerment and awareness of rural women in 11 districts of the state. Women have an equal share in the economy of Chhattisgarh. The loan scheme and Saksham Yojana of Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh have also been successful in enabling the women of the state. Efforts are being made to make them self-reliant by providing loans to self-help groups and needy women through Mahila Kosh. Self-reliance and Saksham schemes are being run for skill development and economic self-reliance of women.
Prioritizing the safety of children and women
Being aware of the safety of women and children in the state, Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention and Redressal) Act 2013, Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act and Chhattisgarh Tonhi Prevention of Atrocities Act-2005 are applicable. For the emergency assistance of women and girl child, the service of women helpline-181 is operating in the state. Sakhi Centers are being run in 27 districts of the state to help the affected women, where all the necessary facilities are being provided at one place.
Increased participation of women in Panchayats
The participation of women in Chhattisgarh in all fields is an important contribution of the efforts being made by the state government towards empowering them. Whether participation with 50 percent share in Panchayats or as Anganwadi workers, helpers, supervisors, nutritional friends, mitanins, teachers or self-help groups, women are playing an important role in strengthening the foundation of the state.
Women came forward in every enterprise
In Chhattisgarh, the work of running government fair price shops, supplementary nutritional food for Anganwadi centers, ready-to-eat food and mid-day meal in schools is being done. The work of preparing breakfast and hot cooked food for the children in Anganwadi centers is also being done by the women of the women’s group. In order to connect rural women with employment under the Suraji Gaon Yojana, apart from various products of cow dung, through women self-help groups, they are being linked with other economic activities including milk production. Under Narva, Garva, Ghurva, Bari Yojna and Godhan Nyay Yojana, women are preparing cow dung lamps, pots, organic fertilizers, pesticides and Ayurvedic medicines in Gauthans.