Gangtok, 27 March:
Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, co-chaired a review meeting with the Minister for Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim, Tulsi Devi Rai, here at Manan Kendra today.
The meeting was aimed at discussing the various schemes and strategies for the promotion of improved gender diversity across various sectors in Sikkim.
Ms Gandhi was all praises for the “good practices” of the State in various fields, including eliminating gender disparity.
She made special mention of the State’s “Unmarried Women’s Pension Bill” and has advocated for such schemes to be emulated at the central level as well.
Highlighting the Centre’s “Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao” campaign, she said that the Union government is committed to an inclusive society aiming towards gender equality.
She added that women’s empowerment is one of the prime commitments of the Modi government.
Since cases of trafficking are being increasingly being reported from Sikkim as well, the Union Minister has proposed an Anti Trafficking Bill which will provide justice to the victims and punish the perpetrators of such crimes.
She also said that such a Bill will address all concerns of the trafficking victims and extend support to them.
She urged also all women and stakeholders to focus on skill development and promote entrepreneurial skills among women for self reliance.
The Union Minister has assured the State government that all pending payments towards funds allocated for the implementation of welfare schemes in Sikkim will be released within a week.
She also said the Centre will extend all possible support in setting up another Working Women’s Hostel in the State.
In her address, the Union Minister commended the Anganwadi workers of the State for their work and also assured all help and cooperation.
The meeting was also attended by senior officials of Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department, and workers involved in the implementation of centrally-sponsored schemes aimed at women and child development, members of NGOs, school children and members of the Press.
The Union Minister has held a series of official engagements with a cross section of Sikkimese, ranging from political leaders, government functionaries, animal rights group, NGOs and AWWs along with various other stakeholders.