Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said her government has decided to open 15 more Gender Resource Centres (GRCs) across the city to improve the reach of the pro-poor services and benefits. She said the trainees would now also be provided sewing machines and beauty culture kits for free in order to enable them to establish their own income generating units.

Speaking at the inauguration of five GRCs from Kapashera in South-West District, the Chief Minister said with the new centres, their number would go up to 139 and this would ensure better accessibility of all schemes to the masses.

Ms. Dikshit said these centres would also be providing easy tips on health and imparting non-formal education to the women to empower them.

“The concern of the marginalised section of society has always been a priority for the Delhi Government and its endeavour is to reach out to those areas where the vulnerable and most vulnerable sections of the society face greater difficulty. These new centres will be taking the social scheme benefits to the doorsteps of the beneficiaries,” she said.

Ms. Dikshit said that her government has earmarked 65 per cent of the budget for the social sector. “We are concentrating on welfare and uplift of aam aadmi ,” she insisted.

The GRCs are mainly being run by NGOs and have been imparting training to women in different trades such as beauty culture, stitching, sewing and running computers. The idea behind the initiative being to help the trained women earn a livelihood and contribute to the family income.

To distribute sewing machines, beauty kits for women to establish their own income generating units