To empower women in the Capital, the Delhi Government will implement the ‘Food Security Scheme’ through the female head of the family, said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday.

Low-cost houses will also be allotted in the name of the woman as the first owner. She also said that her Government was the first to introduce the Laadli Scheme, which was later replicated by the Central Government.

The city Government has also undertaken a scheme to ensure personal hygiene among adolescent girls in its schools, she added.

Speaking at the inaugural address at a seminar on women empowerment and social development, organised by the Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Management and Research, Ms. Dikshit said women have the capacity and compassion and can strengthen society both economically and socially. She said more than 76 per cent of the entire work is being done by women even though their contributions at home and at workplace are not at all evaluated.

The Delhi Government has set up 140 gender resource centres, which have been training women from vulnerable sections and they are charged 2 per cent less on stamp duty in registration of properties in their names, she said.

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