New Delhi: In a major step towards upliftment of women, ‘Mission Poorna Shakti’ was launched in Rajasthan’s Pali district on September 16 by the National Mission for Empowerment of Women.
The launch of the programme at Pali was jointly executed by the National Mission for Empowerment of Women and the Department of Women & Child Development, Government of Rajasthan.
Minister of State for Women & Child Development (Independent Charge), Krishna Tirath, while dedicating the ‘Poorna Shakti Kendra’ to the nation, termed it as a milestone towards holistic empowerment of women.
Bina Kak, Minister of Women & Child Development, Rajasthan government was also present at the occasion
The mission aims to provide a common platform to facilitate convergence of benefits under the programmes of the various ministries and departments of the Central government. The mission will also facilitate synergy in implementation of these programmes through their convergence at the state, district and sub-district levels.
Moreover, the mission will deliver its services to the women at grassroots through its various centers at the village level, to be called ‘Poorna Shakti Kendra’.
According to Krishna Tirath, “The national launch of Mission Poorna Shakti is a boon for the women of Pali and it will give boost to their all-round progress. In the beginning, the project is going to be implemented in 150 Gram Panchayats, which will later be expanded to the whole state and the nation.”
Bina Kak while thanking the central government for choosing Pali for the National launch of the Mission said, “The positive change in women has been possible because of several empowerment steps like increased reservation for them in the elected bodies.”
Over 8,000 women working at the grassroots level in Pali district, including Sarpanch, panchayat members, anganwadi workers and functionaries of various govt / NGOs, participated in the event. Terming pre-natal sex determination tests a heinous crime, Krishna Tirath also administered an oath against it to all those present at the occasion.
Other steps towards empowerment of women marked the too marked the event, like distribution of loan cheques to the Self Help Group(SHG) women, allotment of fair price ration shops to the SHG women, announcement of computer literacy programme for out of school girls and women etc.
Various ministries and departments of the Rajasthan government had put up their stalls to inform people about different schemes targeted at development of women.
While announcing the setting up of the National Mission for Empowerment of Women on March 08, 2010 on the occasion of International Women’s Day, President of India, Pratibha Patil had termed it as an ambitious step towards facilitating empowerment of Women.
The national mission model will be, with the participation of state and local governments and Panchayati Raj institutions, implemented through the state mission and district mission authorities respectively. Like the national mission, the missions at state, district and panchayat level will strive to achieve social, economic and legal empowerment of women by identifying gaps in economic planning and institutional framework and help overcome bottlenecks in achieving coordinated and effective service delivery.
The ultimate objective is to achieve the mandate of the mission viz, achieve inter-sectoral convergence of all pro-women and women centric programmes across various departments of the government and place the women’s empowerment concerns at the heart of public policy and governance.