Madhya Pradesh government has shown a new path to other states by making women self-reliant

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Pandit Shri Deendayalji Upadhyay had said that it should be the duty of the ruling political parties to make their economic policies in such a way that the benefit of those economic policies should reach the person standing at the last rung of the society.

It is well known that women constitute about 50 percent of the population in India. But, if considered from the point of view of economic independence, then it comes to mind that a large number of women in India appear completely dependent on men or family. Whereas, in India, the contribution of women is found to be comparatively high in the discharge of family responsibilities. Following the Indian Sanatan culture, women in India are seen sacrificing everything for their family members, especially their children, even without taking care of their health. Due to which the level of anemia among women aged 15 to 49 years in India has been found to be 54.7 percent and 23 percent of women have been found to be at a level below the standard body mass index. That is why women in India are also called the real idol of sacrifice. In other countries of the world, the status of women is somewhat different. Especially in developed countries, women become self-supporting by getting employment for themselves.

In America and other developed countries, since generally all women work in economic and business activities, they have to do almost no work at home. The culture of these countries is such that the housewives do not have to take care of the elderly in their homes, nor do they have to take care of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, because here the son and daughter attain the age of 18 years. Generally they have to settle their own separate house. Also, these women neither have to cook food at home nor do they have to clean the house like Indian women. On the contrary, in Indian culture, housewives have to take care of the whole house along with doing important tasks like shaping the future of their children, serving their elders and taking care of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Indian housewives do extraordinary things like taking care of the whole family.

According to the important information given in a study report, in India, 28.7 crore women between the age of 18 years to 60 years live in rural areas and 18.2 crore women live in urban areas. Of these, only 1.4 crore women are engaged in business activities in rural areas and 4 crore women in urban areas. The remaining 27.3 crore women in rural areas and 9.3 crore women in urban areas are engaged in domestic work. According to another study report, the labor force participation rate in India is 57.7 percent for men, while only 23.3 percent is for women in rural areas. Similarly, in urban areas only 13.6 percent of women have labor force participation against 55.9 percent of men. It is clear from this that the participation of women in labor is very less than that of men. Although the family members take full care of fulfilling all the economic needs of their mother, sister and daughter, but still Indian women appear to be backward from the point of view of self-reliance.

Pandit Shri Deendayalji Upadhyay had said that it should be the duty of the ruling political parties to make their economic policies in such a way that the benefit of those economic policies should reach the person standing at the last rung of the society. He named it Integral Humanism. Today, women in the form of our mothers, sisters and daughters sacrifice their lives and improve the future of their children, so along with the central government and the state government, it is the duty of all of us to help women in the society. Try In this context, the state of Madhya Pradesh is seen playing its effective role in India. First of all, the state of Madhya Pradesh started the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign. Now the central government has implemented this campaign in the whole country. The state of Madhya Pradesh had started the ‘Ladli Laxmi Yojana’ in the year 2007. The main objective of this scheme was to bring about a positive change in the social attitude towards the birth of a girl child and to lay a firm foundation for the future of the girl child through improving the educational and economic status. Under this scheme, National Savings Certificates worth Rs 6,000 are purchased every year for the next five years from the birth of a girl child in the family and these are renewed from time to time. A girl child is paid Rs 2,000 at the time of admission in class VI and Rs 4,000 at the time of admission in class IX. When the girl child is admitted in class 11th, she is provided with Rs.7,500. During her higher secondary education, the girl is given Rs.2,000 every month. After the girl attains the age of 21 years, she is paid the balance amount of more than Rs.1 lakh. Apart from the Ladli Laxmi Yojana, some other schemes are also being run successfully in the state of Madhya Pradesh for the benefit of women. For example, books are provided when the child goes to school. Cycle is provided when the girl child goes to another village as a student. There are schemes to provide scholarship especially for the girl child. Five thousand rupees are provided on passing the first division in class 12th. Along with this, the fees of girls for studying in medical and engineering subjects are borne by the Madhya Pradesh government.

Now in the state of Madhya Pradesh, with the aim of continuous improvement in the health and nutrition level of women and their dependent children and to strengthen their decisive role in the family, ‘Chief Minister Ladli Bahna Yojana’ has been started in Madhya Pradesh on January 28, 2023. announced to be done. Under this scheme, 1000 rupees per month will be deposited in the bank accounts of women. This will prove to be an important step in the direction of women’s health and nutrition and economic self-reliance. With the said financial assistance, women will not only be able to develop self-employment/livelihood resources by using locally available resources, but will also be able to play an effective role in their decision-making at the family level. Also, women will be financially more independent than before to spend according to their preferences.

Like Ladli Laxmi Yojana, Ladli Bahna Yojana will surely become popular all over India. This scheme has been implemented by the Government of Madhya Pradesh as a campaign to change the lives of women. No country can progress until the women in the country are not strong, empowered, self-reliant and full of self-confidence. On the occasion of completion of 16 years of Ladli Laxmi Yojana, a week-long Ladli Laxmi Utsav was also celebrated in the state of Madhya Pradesh from 9 May 2023 to 15 May 2023. Under this festival, scholarship worth Rs 106 crore was also distributed to 3.28 lakh Ladli Lakshmis by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Ji Chouhan.

If there is no meaningful contribution of 50 percent of the population in the form of women in speeding up the economic development of any country, then how can the economic development of that country be accelerated? Therefore, in India too, efforts are being made continuously to increase the contribution of half the population i.e. women in the economic development of the country. In this sequence, the Madhya Pradesh government also keeps on announcing special schemes from time to time, especially for women, which should definitely be appreciated.

– Prahlad Sabnani

retired deputy general manager

state Bank of India

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