Afshan Yasmeen

Comprehensive Nutrition Mission to check malnutrition among children

Rs. 380 crore for Bhagyalakshmi scheme

Bangalore: If the State Government keeps its word, gram panchayats will see a revolution from this year with women occupying at least 50 per cent of the seats. To strengthen the role of women in Panchayat Raj institutions, the State Government has proposed to reserve 50 per cent of seats in these institutions for women by amending the Panchayat Raj Act.

The Bhagyalakshmi scheme (launched to provide security to girls from poor families) has increased the birth registration of the girl child in rural areas. The budget proposes to further strengthen the scheme with an allocation of Rs. 380 crore this year.

As many as 7.21 lakh girls have already been enrolled under the scheme so far and the Government has invested Rs. 831.98 crore in their names.

The Government proposes to start a Comprehensive Nutrition Mission on a pilot basis to check malnutrition among children. A sum of Rs. 5 crore has been set aside for this.

Job needs

To provide more employment opportunities to rural women, centres for providing training in the garment industry will be set up in each district. A grant of Rs. 10 crore will be provided to the Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC), according to the budget.

The Government proposes to provide sites at 50 per cent of the guidance value to private or voluntary organisations that come forward to build hostels for working women. The organisations will also be given grants of up to Rs. 25 lakh to construct a minimum of 25 rooms. As much as Rs.10 crore will be allocated for the project.

Pension

The Government also proposes to introduce a Contributory Pension Scheme to cover 50,000 anganwadi workers and assistants in the State. A monthly contribution of Rs. 150 will be taken from each worker and Rs. 75 from each assistant, and an equal amount will be contributed by the Government. The Government will set up a corpus fund of Rs. 10 crore for this during 2010-11.

School grants

As much as Rs. 20 crore will be provided for giving grants to the institutions running schools for taking care of the children suffering from mental retardation, autism, blindness and other handicaps.

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