Pension, other benefits being worked out: Yeddyurappa
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said on Saturday that the Government was in the process of fixing a retirement age for anganwadi workers and providing retirement benefits such as pension to them.
He was speaking after inaugurating a function to distribute bonds to girl children covered under the Bhagyalakshmi scheme and saris to their mothers.
The Government had set a target of distributing bonds under the Bhagyalakshmi scheme to about 10 lakh more women in the coming days. Stating that the project was estimated to cost Rs. 3,000 crore, he said that all efforts were being made to achieve the target.
Announcing a new scheme for daily wage workers and vendors, he said that a plan had been drawn to provide low-interest loans to them and added that Rs. 500 crore had been set aside for the purpose.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the free education of girl children covered under the Bhagyalakshmi scheme would be extended up to the degree level.
“The Government wants girl children to get better and higher education so that they too can become top engineers and doctors,” he said.
He administered an oath to the women present at the function that they would not send their daughters to work till they graduated. The Bhagyalakshmi scheme had been formulated to ensure financial stability to poor people and make them feel that girl child is not a burden to the parents.
“I have seen the trauma of poor people and the problems they face in bringing up their children. I don't want the poor people of the State to face such problems,” he said.