Marriage registration programme to be adopted there: Minister
PUDUCHERRY: Minister for Women and Child Development and Social Justice of Madhya Pradesh Kusum Singh Mahdele on Tuesday commended the schemes implemented in the Union Territory for the welfare of women, children and weaker sections.
After interacting with Welfare Minister M. Kandasamy and officials concerned, Ms. Mahdele told reporters here that she would shortly send a team of officers to Puducherry to study the welfare schemes implemented by the territorial government.
The team would also be asked to ascertain if these schemes could be adopted by Madhya Pradesh, she said.
She also apprised Mr. Kandasamy and the officials of the welfare schemes implemented in her State. She presented booklets and brochures highlighting the ongoing welfare schemes in Madhya Pradesh.
As she was informed by Mr.Kandasamy that Puducherry was the only place in the whole country where ‘anganwadi’ workers were treated as government employees on a consolidated salary of Rs. 8,000 a month, Ms. Mehdele said their counterparts belonging to 90,000 anganwadis in Madhya Pradesh were paid only Rs. 2,500.
Referring to the marriage registration programme undertaken by the Puducherry Women’s Commission, she said this would be adopted by her State. She also mentioned about the schemes such as ‘Mukhyamantri Kanyadaan Yojana’ and ‘Ladli Laxmi Yojana’ implemented for the welfare of women and girls. Madhya Pradesh was keen on curbing female infanticide, she said.
Mr. Kandasamy said Puducherry was keen on implementing a scheme to provide noon-meal for the aged in villages.
The Social Welfare Department would shortly undertake a survey to assess the number of people living below-the-poverty-line in different communities, population of the aged, destitute and widows so that the welfare schemes reached the genuine beneficiaries, he added.