Welfare schemes for women

Guwahati, July 8:Social welfare minister Akon Bora today announced several central welfare schemes for the underprivileged.

The Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna has been introduced for poor expectant and lactating mothers while the Rajiv Gandhi Kishori Sabalikaran Aasoni would benefit girls in the 11-18 age group. The Integrated Child Protection Scheme covers juveniles in conflict with law, street children and the adoption process of orphans.

"These schemes have been introduced to offer financial assistance to pregnant women and new mothers belonging to the marginalised sections so that they can avail nutritional food and healthcare for the wellbeing of the child and themselves. Poor teenage girls will also benefit, as these schemes will empower them by providing vocational training and education," Bora tolds reporters here today.

Under the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna, an initiative of the Union ministry of women and child development, financial assistance will be offered to poor pregnant and lactating mothers above 19 years whose husbands do not have any regular source of income. The assistance will be provided in three instalments — Rs 1,500 at the end of six months of pregnancy, Rs 1,500 after three months of delivery and Rs 1,000 after six months of delivery.

To avail this scheme, a woman should register herself with the nearest Anganwadi centre or any government health centre or empanelled private doctor under the Janani Surakshya Yojna. She should contact Anganwadi workers or an auxiliary nurse or midwife to avail all the benefits under the scheme.

The Rajiv Gandhi Kishori Sabalikaran Aasoni aims to provide nutritional supplements, healthcare and vocational training to 385,296 girls. Vocational training will help them find employment. School-going girls and school dropouts will be educated on ways to avail services from the post office, banks, police and the Railways.

Under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme, the state government plans to set up a shelter home for destitute children and an observation home for children in conflict with law in every district of the state. This year, the social welfare department aims to establish one observation home in Dibrugarh and one shelter home for children each in Tinsukia and Bongaigaon districts. The scheme will also facilitate adoption of orphans.

"The Integrated Child Protection Scheme aims to provide a healthy atmosphere for development of destitute children. In observation homes, juveniles will be counselled so that they can shun unlawful activities and lead a healthy and dignified life. For adoption, we will involve a recognised NGO who will facilitate the adoption process for people who are interested in bringing up destitute children as their own," Bora said.

The department also plans to set up eight shelter homes for pavement dwellers in Kamrup (metro) and four such homes in every other district. Shelter homes for the aged and destitute women will also be established in every district of the state. Two protective homes for women will be set up in Jorhat and Titabar.