It is to provide loans for women entrepreneurs

The Women's Development Corporation has urged the State Government to create a corpus, Mahila Suraksha Nidhi, and launch a Mahila Jeevan Sathi scheme to provide loans for women to start self-employment ventures.

Corporation chairman Sarojini Bharadwaj told presspersons here on Wednesday that she had requested Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to introduce a Chief Minister's Rozgar Yojana along the lines of the Prime Minister's Rozgar Yojana, to provide financial assistance to women entrepreneurs, and also include Mahila Suraksha Nidhi and Mahila Jeevan Sathi in the scheme.

She has also requested the Chief Minister to launch a Gomata Yojana to protect cows and increase milk production in the State.

“I have requested the Chief Minister to include these proposals in the budget for 2011-12 and allocate a minimum of Rs. 2 crore each. This would go a long way in helping women in need of assistance,” she said.

Ms. Bharadwaj said that she had also requested the Chief Minister to introduce the Mahila Shikshana Abhiyan programme to help girls pursuing higher education and entrust the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of these schemes to the corporation.


Ms. Bharadwaj said that the corporation proposed to conduct a survey of transgenders in the State to determine their population and economic status before formulating welfare and rehabilitation programmes for them.

She said the corporation had also demanded an increase in the subsidy given under the Udyogini Scheme for women belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 for every Rs. 1 lakh assistance. For women from other castes, she said the subsidy should be raised from Rs. 7,500 to Rs. 12,000.

On the rehabilitation of Devadasis, Ms. Bharadwaj said that according to a survey conducted in 2007-08, there were 24,000 Devadasis in 10 districts, and 22,000 had been rehabilitated under different schemes.

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